First thing you need to know about dogs. Do you long for a dog of your own? Do you already have a dog? If so, you stand to benefit from the tips that follow. With knowledge, comes power…and you’re about to become powerful.
Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.
When you take your dog on vacation with you, get a snapshot of them for your phone. This will help in the rare situation that you get separated from your dog. You will have a current picture of your dog to show to people.
Be sure to keep all medications out of the reach of children and pets. Your dog could have a heart attack or a seizure if it swallows some pills. If your dog does ingest some of your medication, get in touch with your veterinarian immediately.
When you are trying to teach your dog new tricks, you should always be patient. Different dogs will learn things differently. If your dog isn’t picking up a new trick right away, give him time. You could also try changing your teaching method. Your dog may respond better to a different approach.
When you buy dog food, avoid the cheap stuff. High quality foods are always your best bet. Quality brands are more expensive but they will significantly increase the life expectancy of your dog.
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.
Learn what health problems are most typical for your breed of dog. Take the time to read up on your breed so that you don’t get any surprises down the road. You should inquire with your vet about how you can take care of your dog the right way.
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.
Make good use of the tips you just read. Why not reread the article one more time? Knowing how to care for your dog takes a load off of your mind. These tips can help you establish a good repoitre with your dog.