First thing you need to know about dogs breeds. Do you have a dog in your house currently, or did you own one previously? If you are, then you’re already aware of how great dog ownership can be. However, like most things, owning a dog is much easier if you have the right information and knowledge. This article is going to go over some things that will help you become better with dogs.
Be careful if you’re searching for a new dog on Craigslist or other classified ads. Many people exaggerate the truth in order to unload problems or challenging training issues and you could end up with an impossible situation on your hands. Only talk to people who are verifiable through vet records and demonstrate positive handling experience.
Check to make sure your dog’s collar is adjusted properly by fitting two of your fingers comfortably underneath it and pulling gently. There should be just enough room to do this and no more, otherwise he may be able to wiggle out of it. Always keep it on, except during crate transport, as the collar can get snagged and injure.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog. You should congratulate your dog when it displays a good behavior, for instance by giving it a treat or petting it. Talk to your dog in a soft voice and make sure you praise it every time the good behavior is displayed.
The cheapest dog food may not always be the best buy when considering what food to feed your dog. Long-term, the dog will do much better with nutritious, good quality food. It costs more, but you’ll save money on vet bills for health issues 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.
Certain dog breeds are prone to specific health issues, so be aware of what is typical for your dog’s breed. Research his heritage and take preventative steps for problems you know he is a candidate for. Also, see what advice the vet has in terms of helping your dog overcome breed liabilities.
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.
Being a dog owner is rewarding. The experience is greater the more you learn about dogs. Given your familiarity with the above piece, you ought to have a real feel for dogs. Take advantage of what you have learned and enjoy a healthy, happy relationship with your dog!