First thing you need to know about dogs breeds. You are more than just a master to your dog. You are his best friend, too! You are also tasked with his care, so you must make the most of your position of responsibility. This article is a great start in educating yourself on his wants, needs and requirements.
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.
Avoid letting your dog walk without a leash outside of your property, regardless of how well he behaves. You never know when something might spook him or distract him, leading to devastation. Understand that any damage your dog causes to other people and their pets is your responsibility, so you need to always use caution when off your property.
Try to always be aware of how your dog is feeling. If your dog seems to be nervous, fearful, or scared of certain things, you should take note of this and try to avoid putting your dog in a stressful situation. When a dog is stressed or afraid, you could traumatize your dog if you insist that it stays in the stressful situation.
If you’re adopting your pet from a shelter, it’s important that you take it to see a vet immediately. Animals from shelters sometimes have viruses or might have already been sick when taken in by the shelter. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
When you’re choosing your dog’s food, don’t cut costs by going with the cheapest option. Later on, it will help that you’ve fed your dog quality and nutritious food. Although the food may cost more, you know that your dog is receiving the correct nutrients from quality food.
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 prone to problems than others and you should know if your dog could have problems. Research his ancestry and take steps to prevent problems he might be prone to. You can also speak with the vet about steps you can take to increase their lifespan.
Determine your dog’s specific exercise regimen. Dogs have different fitness needs based their sex, overall health, age, breed mix, or breed. Every dog should have a couple 10-minute walks a day around the block. Dogs between 6 and 18 months, active breed or mixed breeds, terriers, hounds, and herding dogs will most likely require more fitness than others types of dogs.
Now that you understand dogs so deeply and have all this advice at the ready, you must use it to better the life of your dog. Take the time to make the changes necessary, and use the tips as often as you can. When your dog is totally happy, you will be, too.