First thing you need to know about dogs and puppies. It’s natural that you would love having a dog. Dogs have been great pets for thousands of years. It’s always a great idea to get a dog, but you have to remember that you are also taking on some responsibility when you bring a dog into your house. Here are some ways you can handle those responsibilities.
It’s good to give hugs, but avoid giving kisses. Your dog’s mouth is fairly dirty at any given time. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. Some believe the mouth of a dog is even cleaner than our own. This is not the truth!
If your dog is still getting used to the grooming process, only work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your pet is able to handle a full session.
Do not try to save money by choosing the cheapest dog food. In the long run, it is beneficial to be feeding your dog high quality, nutritious food. Although this could mean paying a higher price for a better brand, at least you know that your pet is getting the required amount of nutrients in their diet.
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.
Certain dog breeds are susceptible to some health problems, so make sure you know what is typical for the breed of dog you have. Research the heritage of your pup and learn how to prevent any common problems. Your vet can also tell you how to give your dog the best odds for overcoming any conditions that are typical for his breed.
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.
Having a dog isn’t all fun and games. You have to give yourself some time to really think about what you’re doing, and to act accordingly. You can use the tips here to help you to know what you need to do. You can always have a happy dog, if you take the time to give it a little thought.