Are you thinking about adopting a puppy? Or perhaps you prefer to get a puppy from a professional breeder? Whether you have a pedigree puppy or a barnyard mutt, you’ll have lots of love in your life by getting a pup. You are also taking on a big responsibility, so read on to find out how to get it done.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, you shouldn’t kiss them. Dogs go through garbage cans, toilet bowls, and gulp water straight from your toilet. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs have cleaner months than a humans. This is not the least bit true.
Try not to feed your dog table scraps. This will encourage constant begging and also inhibit his appetite towards their own food.
This communicates to your dog that he is exhibiting is just exactly what you are looking for. Your dog will quickly understand that good behavior is rewarded with praise.
If you choose to adopt a pet, you need to get a vet appointment scheduled as soon as possible. Dogs are exposed to more likely to be sick or have exposure to viruses in the shelter. You need to ensure your animal all of the shots it needs prior to bringing it home.
Schedule a vet appointment for your new dog.The veterinarian will examine your dog. You should also have your dog if you will not be breeding him.
Some breeds are more likely than others to develop certain health issues you need to watch for. Research the heritage of your pup and take preventative steps for problems you know he is a candidate for.
If your dog seems unhappy and is alone a lot, consider buying a second dog. Dogs are animals that love to be with other animals. Match them on energy levels and temperament.
Make sure your dog’s annual check-up appointments. Annual exams can prevent lots of problems in the future.
Take your dog to see the vet often. Puppies need the vet more often then adult dogs. You will also need to see a vet as soon as your dog starts showing signs of illness or hurt.
You may think it’s okay to share your dog a piece of your snack. This is okay with certain foods, but not of others.Grapes, chocolate, and chocolate are just some things that dogs aren’t supposed to eat.These food can have harmful effects on the animal’s health.
You have to watch what and how much your dog eats. Puppies can eat calorie packed foods because they are still growing. If a high calorie food is fed to an adult dog, he’ll quickly become overweight and unhealthy.
You need to provide your dog with shade and water during the hottest months of the year. Dogs have a coat of fur and can get too hot very quickly. Make sure they have somewhere shady to hang out during the summer.Be sure there is always has cold and clean water to drink. Also, the sun’s rays can affect your dog, so see if the vet recommends sunscreen.
Be very firm with your commands. Dog owners think it is alright to bend the rules occasionally let their dog have table scraps or destroy a toy. This happens a lot with really cute dogs! However, if you are firm, you’ll be able to avoid problems down the line. For example, you may give your dog your food when eating, but your dog might think there is nothing wrong with jumping on the table and eating your entire meal.
Your dog should stay clean just as a human would.While it is not necessary to bathe your dog daily, they at least need a bath once a week. This prevents skin issues and helps your home clean.
You and your dog’s life are going to be more rewarding when he is trained well and listens to you. It may be easier to teach a puppy things, but older dogs can be successfully trained too.
You have the information you need to properly care for your new dog now, so get ready to show your dog its new home. Keep reading to find out more. Join online forums and mailing lists to talk to other owners. Learning takes a lifetime, so don’t stop!