First thing you need to know about dogs. Your dog may paw at his bowl if he is hungry. Your dog may also scratch on the door if it needs to take care of business. When your dog wants love, he may look at you longingly. Sadly, your dog can’t speak his needs, but you can learn all about them below.
If you are planning to take your dog on an extended car-ride, talk to your vet about motion sickness medication first. Avoid feeding him before setting out to prevent queasiness and vomiting and make sure you buy him bottled water if you are traveling to any destination that is known to have issues with water quality.
Never allow your dog to ride in a car unsecured. Sitting on your lap or in the front seat is dangerous both to him and your ability to drive. Always place him in an appropriately sized pet carrier or invest in a pet seat belt that will keep him snug and safe in the middle of the back seat.
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.
When making a dog food selection, the cheap stuff is rarely the best choice. High quality foods are always your best bet. 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 likely than others to develop certain health issues. Research the kind of dog you have and see if there are any preventative measures you can take. Also, ask your vet what you can do to help your canine beat the odds for his 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.
Many people say that it is quite easy to understand how a dog is feeling by the expressions on their face, which is true if you’ve been around them for a long time. Now that you understand dogs a little better, you understand what they need. Your dog is going to be grateful for that.