First thing you need to know about dogs stuff. It is not easy to own a dog. Dogs, just like children, need to be fed the right foods, exercised, groomed and cleaned, and taken to the doctor. Not all the steps to proper dog care are intuitive. Learning these basics will get you off to a great start with your new dog.
You may know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you may not know the specifics. Chocolate is dangerous because of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, with a high amount of stimulants. White chocolate contains the least amount of stimulants. Take you dog to vet if he ingests chocolate.
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.
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.
If you are in the market for a new puppy, make sure you will have enough time to devote to his training. On average, you need to take a young dog outside to do his business eight times a day and that can take a lot away from your schedule. Training takes more time and patience than most people realize.
When you are getting dog food for your pet, don’t try to save money and get whatever is cheapest. Your dog will benefit from eating healthy, quality food. Though this may cost you a bit more, you can rest easily knowing that the dog is eating properly.
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.
What types of health problems are typical for your dog? Research the kind of dog you have and see if there are any preventative measures you can take. 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.
The information provided above will be useful in your daily interactions with your dog. This information provides a good foundation for dog ownership that you can build on in years to come. Use what you learned here and your efforts will be rewarding for both you and your dog.