Few tips to share about dogs and puppies. Owning a dog is no small feat. It’s like a baby, only they never really grow up. Although being a dog owner can be a difficult task, it is possible to raise one with good knowledge and patience. Want some advice? Read on.
Hugs are great, but avoid kisses. While getting kisses from your dog may seem cute, your dog’s mouth is extremely dirty. Dogs rummage through trash, drink toilet water and lick other dog’s body parts. There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. It’s not true.
Take your dog to the vet regularly. This may seem like an added expense that you don’t need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarian, he can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of health. This of course prevents problems down the road.
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.
When it comes to buying food for your dog, don’t skimp by buying the cheap stuff. In the long run, it is beneficial to be feeding your dog high quality, nutritious food. Even though you are paying more, it will save on health bills down the road.
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. If you don’t know the type of dog he is, research it so you will know the type of problems your dog could have. Be sure to ask the vet if there is anything you can do in order to avoid health problems that run in the 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.
Dog care isn’t a simple thing. The dog is similar to a child, in that you have to provide it with everything. While it is not an easy task, it is something you can excel at. This article will highlight different ways to be a great owner.