Few important things you need to know about dogs and puppies. Every dog is unique, like a fingerprint. They even have their own likes and dislikes, aptitude for patience or impatience, and some are loving while others are distance. How you care for them depends as much on who they are as your own situation, but the advice you will find below applies in every household which has a dog in it.
Just like humans, dogs should go to the vet for a checkup yearly. Because your dog can’t speak with you, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain like if it has arthritis. An annual checkup can help catch such issues before they become a major problem.
Since dogs cannot talk, you’ll need to learn about your dog’s way of communication. Avoid forcing your dog to interact with others if he doesn’t want to. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. Look for non-verbal cues and follow what the dog is telling you.
When you have a dog, make sure that you give him enough water. Water should be made available to your dog at all times of the day, particularly in the summertime. Put his water bowl somewhere where no one will trip over it, otherwise you’ll be cleaning your floors all day!
Do not fall prey to the temptation to feed table scraps to your dog. This will encourage constant begging and reduce their appetite towards their own food. A dog fed on table scraps will be prone to unhealthy weight gain, disruptive digestive problems, and other health issues. To prevent temptation, have your dog separated from the area you eat in.
Make sure you have the correct dog supplies. Before bringing your dog home for the first time, be sure that you are equipped with the right supplies. Every dog needs a good sized food and water bowl, a collar and leash, toys, and a comfy place to sleep. Also, remember to purchase an identification tag immediately.
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.
While my dog and your dog may be polar opposites, they both need the same basic care to stay healthy and happy. This article has given you the foundation of knowledge you need to be a great owner, so make use if it when you can. Here’s to wishing you and your pup many happy years to come!