If your dog needs to eat, it might start scratching at its food dish. If your dog needs to go potty, he may paw at your door. If he needs love and attention, he might look at you with those ‘puppy dog’ eyes! Sadly, not everything he wants is to easily communicated, so read on to learn more about a dog’s needs.
Hugs are great, but avoid kisses. A dog has a very filthy mouth. Dogs are always getting into garbage, drink from places like the toilet, and they clean their bodies with their tongues. Many people believe that the human mouth has more germs than that of a dog – this isn’t true. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Do not feed your dog from the table. This can make your dog not want to eat his dog food, and it will promote begging. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. Train your dog to remain in another room while the family eats so no one is tempted to slip something to him under the table.
Talk to your vet about how much to feed your dog. Most dog food packages include guidelines but keep in mind that these instructions might not be adapted to your dog. Speak with your veterinarian about what your dog’s needs are and what amounts are proper.
Buy or build a dog house if he is going to be outside for long periods in the winter. If his feet are wet, extreme temperatures can be stressful and bad for his health. Make certain your dog house has a good floor that keeps your dog up off the ground and dry.
Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. Dogs need physical activity and play time; it’s good for their physical and mental health. Even the smallest amount of exercise, such as throwing a ball, will be good for your pup and you. Besides just getting some exercise, you’ll be creating a bond between you and your dog.
Your dog has to be leash trained. He needs to know to heel next to you, not behind you or in front of you. Walking in this manner keeps your dog safe, and you are bound to enjoy walks more as well. Even if you’re using a loose leash from time to time, you should still train your dog so that it understands when you issue that command.
Dogs are emotional creatures. That said, reading this article will give you a greater understanding of the body language of your dog. Your dog will be very thankful for that.