Most important about dogs. Dogs have been very popular pets for many years. It’s clear that people and dogs are destined to share lives. The human’s job is to care for that dog. You should keep reading to learn more about being a good dog owner.
Groom your dog regularly. A dog requires constant grooming to keep his coat in tip top condition. Make sure that your dog is completely relaxed before you start the grooming session; this is especially important if he is excitable. Keep the session quite short (5 to 10 minutes at most) until he is comfortable with the idea of being groomed. Most importantly – be sure to praise him and offer a treat after a successful grooming session!
Never hit your dog. There are better ways to train a dog without having to resort to violence. The best way to train a dog is to reinforce positive behaviors with treats and attention. Negative behavior should be handled with a stern and disapproving voice as opposed to striking the animal.
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 it is time to buy dog food, avoid buying the cheapest brand. It is best to invest in quality dog food. You’ll have to pay more, but you can be certain your dog gets the right vitamins and minerals from good sources.
Some breeds have inherent health issues you need to watch for. Research his background and prepare for problems he might have. Speak with your vet to determine the correct course of action.
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.
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.
As a dog owner, you need to make sure your pet gets everything it needs. This job gets a lot easier when you have plenty of dog care information to draw on, and the tips you’ve just reviewed can be a part of your knowledge base. Use what you learned here and you can have a healthy and happy dog.