What do people say about dogs and puppies. Owning a dog is definitely not a simple task. You must care for a dog as you would a child with proper care, feeding and grooming, socializing, education and medical care. Where can one go for information on handling all these issues? Read on to find out.
Groom your dog regularly. A dog requires constant grooming to keep his coat in tip top condition. Make sure that your dog is completely relaxed before you start the grooming session; this is especially important if he is excitable. Keep the session quite short (5 to 10 minutes at most) until he is comfortable with the idea of being groomed. Most importantly – be sure to praise him and offer a treat after a successful grooming session!
Your dog needs to be secured when in a car. Not only will it make the journey safer, as it will lead to fewer distractions for the person driving the car, but in the event of an accident, it could also save your dog’s life. Look for a seat belt harness, often sold at pet stores, that you can put in your car for your pet.
Become acquainted with dog food labels and avoid buying based solely on cost. Later on, it will help that you’ve fed your dog quality and nutritious food. While this may mean paying higher prices for a premium brand, you can be assured your dog is getting the proper nutrients from wholesome sources.
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.
What types of health problems are typical for your dog? Research the heritage of your pup and learn how to prevent any common problems. Ask your veterinarian what steps can be taken to prevent issues that are common with 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.
With these great tips, you can now really be an exceptional dog owner. Although there’s plenty more for you to learn, the basic principles you’ve already picked up should serve you well. Use all that you now know, and your dog will be eternally grateful for your love, support, and leadership!