What do people say about dogs and puppies. You are more than just a master to your dog. You are his best friend, too! You are also tasked with his care, so you must make the most of your position of responsibility. This article is a great start in educating yourself on his wants, needs and requirements.
Hugs are good, but kisses should be avoided. Kisses seem nice, but dogs have very dirty mouths. Dogs rummage through trash, drink toilet water and lick other dog’s body parts. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs have cleaner months than humans. This is simply false.
Practice training your dog in your house or yard. It is not good to teach them where there are distractions. They can get distracted, which can make it harder to train them even basic commands.
It is a good idea to use hand signals when you are trying to train your dog, instead of just relying on verbal commands. These types of signals are sometimes easier for a dog to learn. Experiment with each way and determine what works.
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.
Don’t buy cheap dog food. Over the course of the dogs life he will be much healthier if you stick to high quality food with plenty of nutritional value. Quality brands are more expensive but they will significantly increase the life expectancy of your dog.
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.
Some dogs are more likely to suffer from health problems and so you should know what to look out for in your dog. Research his background and prepare for problems he might have. Also, talk to your vet about things that can be done to increase the odds for your dog’s 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.
Now that you understand dogs so deeply and have all this advice at the ready, you must use it to better the life of your dog. Take the time to make the changes necessary, and use the tips as often as you can. When your dog is totally happy, you will be, too.