First thing you need to know about dogs. Owning a pooch is a huge responsibility. Providing for your dog is kind of similar to having a child, expect you have one that barks. It’s a big task, but you can do it with the right information and a bit of patience. Continue reading to learn some tips on how to care for your dog.
If you’re on any kind of medication, even if it’s over-the-counter, you need to keep it away from your dog. Dogs can have very negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
When preparing to groom your pet, start the session off on the right foot by helping your dog relax. Spend a few minutes simply petting him, starting with the head and then rubbing the back, paws, belly and even tail. Once you feel your dog is happy and content, begin grooming him.
Avoid impersonating a medical professional when it comes to your dog’s health. In an attempt to save money, many people try to diagnose their pet’s conditions or use human treatments on various elements and that can be very dangerous to the animal. If you can’t afford full vet care, tell that to the doctor and ask their advice anyway or if they could arrange a payment plan for you.
If you aren’t sure of the amount of food your dog needs on a daily basis, talk to your vet. The amounts on the label might not apply in your dog’s situation. Ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure which brands are best for your dog or need help with quantities.
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.
Consider puppy training classes for your young pet. Puppies are eager to learn, and a class is a wonderful atmosphere to let them do so in. Classes are also often cheaper than individual lessons. This will teach your pup essential behavioral skills and allow the two of you bonding time too.
Dog care is not something that should be taken lightly. In much the same way a child requires care, it is important to have the proper skills, knowledge and tools to care for your canine family member. Though it is a big job to do, you should be able to do it. Just use these suggestions if you need some extra help, and keep caring for your pet.