The secret about dogs and puppies. Are you wondering how to take better care of your dog? Some people tend to feel overwhelmed when it comes to a dog owner’s responsibilities. Some people actually give up and return their dog or take them to a shelter. Avoid this sad option, and learn how to raise a happy, healthy dog with these tips.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
Get your dog spayed or neutered. Statistics show that doing this can reduce your dog’s cancer risk, which can result in a longer life span. Spayed and neutered dogs wander less often as well, so this reduces likelihood of your dog getting hit on the road or lost.
Never lose your temper or punish your dog if you find that they did something wrong. Negative reinforcement will simply make your dog scared, which will make it difficult for you to train them. Use positive reinforcement at all times to get your dog to cooperate when teaching him new things.
When it comes to buying food for your dog, don’t skimp by buying the cheap stuff. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. While this could mean that you’re going to have to pay more money, you can know that you’re doing the best for your dog to keep it healthy.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
What types of health problems are typical for your dog? If you don’t know the type of dog he is, research it so you will know the type of problems your dog could have. Also, seek advice from your vet.
If you breed your dog, do so responsibly. The AKC advises all owners of pure-bred dogs to make an effort to advance the breed and discard all other motivations, such as money or experimentation. Consider the repercussions of your actions before allowing your dog to mate and create a litter of puppies.
Owning a new puppy is very similar to having a new baby. Puppies need a lot of attention and have to be taken care of constantly. They are not ready to be left alone for long periods of time and need to have a fair amount of attention devoted to them.
There is a lot for dog owners to digest. Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to see to your pet’s needs. You should apply the tips you just read and take the time to educate yourself about dogs. Before you know it, taking care of a dog will seem like a breeze!