The secret about dogs. Regardless of your level of experience with dogs, it is likely that you know that there is a lot that goes into raising a new dog. You probably will not master this on the first day. Read the tips outlined below if you want to know what you can do to improve your approach to dog care.
It costs a lot of money to own a dog. You will have to spend between $700 and $1000 a year to cover food and medical expenses. Also, emergency care is a lot if your dog was to ever get sick; you may want to think about pet insurance.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
If you are thinking of getting a new dog for your family, be sure you are prepared for this commitment. Smaller dogs will require at least a 14-16 year commitment, and larger dogs will require at least 10 years. If you are not prepared to own the dog for its entire life, then do not choose a dog as a pet.
When you buy dog food, avoid the cheap stuff. Later on, it will help that you’ve fed your dog quality and nutritious food. This may mean that you have to pay a higher price, but you will know your dog is receiving all of the nutrients he needs.
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 breed of your dog and take steps to ensure he does not get any infections or diseases. Speak with your vet about the positive steps you can take to help your dog avoid these sorts of breed related problems.
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 your new knowledge of dogs, you ought to be able to care for them with ease. Your pet will appreciate you being loving and patient. Do some more research and be sure that you enjoy your furry friend’s company!