First thing you need to know about dogs stuff. When you are doubting your dog ownership skills, you may feel very alone. There are many other dog owners out there who feel exactly the same! Mistakes are made, and we can learn from each other through those situations. Here are some simple tips on being a better owner for your dog.
Being a dog owner can be very costly. Dogs require quality food, medical care, and general supplies that can vary in costs. Emergency care for animals can cost thousands of collars, so think carefully about getting pet health insurance.
If you are looking for a great family pet, but are on a budget, consider rescuing an animal.You can get one at a local shelter for minimal costs and the dog will come with a clean bill of health and all his shots. If you are interested in a specific breed, contact a rescue group specializing in only those pooches.
It is fine to hug your dog, but avoid those wet kisses. While those sloppy kisses may be cute, be aware that your dog’s mouth is apt to be crawling with germs and bacteria. Dogs tend to dig through garbage cans, drink out of toilets and explore the hind quarters of other animals. It’s an old wives’ tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
When you’re choosing your dog’s food, don’t cut costs by going with the cheapest option. In the long run, it is beneficial to be feeding your dog high quality, nutritious food. Sure, it’s more expensive. But, isn’t your pet worth it?
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 the heritage of your pup and learn how to prevent any common problems. 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.
Hold on, take some deep breathes and tomorrow will be better than today. Use the advice you have read here and allow it to give you ideas of your own. There is nothing like loving a dog, and while the job of caring for them is hard, it is worth every second.