First thing you need to know about dogs and puppies. When you first dream of getting a dog, it’s all sweetness and submissiveness. What could happen may differ completely from this. Now that it is yours, it is your responsibility to make sure your new friend learns how to behave properly.
Always give your dog plenty of attention and affection. When your dog behaves properly, make sure you let the dog know you are happy and give them some affection. This will help reinforce the good behavior and the dog will try to behave in this manner for the positive attention..
Neuter or spay your dog. Research shows that doing this can make your animal live longer and reduce their cancer risks. Besides, a neutered dog will be less likely to run away or to get in fights with other animals.
When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you’ve learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
Be a good neighbor and discourage your dog from barking, unless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it a constant annoyance. If your dog barks often, consider talking to your vet about what could be causing it and how you can put a stop to it, for everyone’s sake.
Don’t buy cheap dog food. Overall, your dog will benefit form a lifetime of quality food. 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 dog breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues. Check your dog’s genetic background if possible to determine if he is more likely to develop certain medical conditions. Talk to your vet about prevention, too.
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.
You’ve just been given a treasure chest full of good advice- don’t throw it away. Use whatever you’ve learned and apply it and you should have the dog that you’ve always dreamed of owning. There is nothing greater than receiving unconditional love from a well-trained pet dog.