First thing you need to know about dogs and puppies. For many thousands of years, dogs have been considered man’s best friend. The relationship seems reciprocal, with both dogs and humans benefiting from the arrangement. But, since you’re the human, it’s up to you take care of your dog. Here are a few ways you can make sure your dog is happy and healthy.
Hugging is okay but kissing should be avoided. While getting kisses from your dog may seem cute, your dog’s mouth is extremely dirty. Dogs tend to dig through garbage cans, drink out of toilets and explore the hind quarters of other animals. It’s an old wives’ tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. It’s not true.
If your puppy or dog is constantly chewing up your furniture, invest in some chew-toys. Scatter them around the floor, especially around the legs of the sofa and end-tables. Be enthusiastic about your offers to play with the chewies with your dog to encourage frequent use. This should eventually deter him from chomping your furniture.
If your young dog is teething and gnawing at everything, buy him a fun chew toy and keep it in the fridge. Not only does this provide him with a good alternative to your furniture, but the cold will help to make his gums feel better. Most younger dogs gnaw out of necessity, not poor manners.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. Wild animals can get his attention and cause him to run out into the street, or a provocation could startle him and cause unpleasantness with other dogs or people. Your dog is your responsibility, so treat him right.
Be careful if you’re searching for a new dog on Craigslist or other classified ads. Many people exaggerate the truth in order to unload problems or challenging training issues and you could end up with an impossible situation on your hands. Only talk to people who are verifiable through vet records and demonstrate positive handling experience.
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.
Consider puppy training classes for your young pet. Puppies are eager to learn, and a class is a wonderful atmosphere to let them do so in. Classes are also often cheaper than individual lessons. This will teach your pup essential behavioral skills and allow the two of you bonding time too.
As the human, you’re job is to make sure that your dog’s needs are met. It is easier when you have good information. Use the suggested tips and put them into practice with your new dog.