When you go the pound or a pet store, you may be dreaming of a sweet dog who sleeps with you all night and follows you around all day. What you end up with may be a different story. Regardless, you are now tasked with caring for your dog, and this article will teach you the ropes.
Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. If your dog seems hesitant when meeting another person or dog, do not force them to interact. This could lead to the other dog or person getting bit. Watch for these non-verbal hints and let the dog guide your actions.
Whenever you bring your dog along on vacations, take a quick snap-shot of him and keep it on your phone. That way, if he happens to get separated from the family, you have an up-to-date picture of him that is easily accessible for showing people or can be downloaded for printing up “lost” flyers.
Speak with your vet to determine whether or not certain foods are okay to give to your dog. Sometimes, your puppy may not be developed enough to consume certain brands, as this can lead to an upset stomach or sicknesses. Error on the side of caution when feeding food to your dog.
If your dog does something the correct way, such as sitting before you put the leash on, make sure that you give it tons of affection and praise. You want to let your dog know that the behavior is something that you want to see. It also teaches your dog that when it does the things you want, it will get praised.
Ask your vet how much food your dog should get every day. While some people feed their dogs according to the dog food package guidelines, these guidelines can be incorrect and lead to an overweight dog. Talk to your vet about what is acceptable and what your dog’s particular needs are.
Build or buy a house for your dog if he has to stay outdoors for any length of time in cold weather. Particularly if his feet get wet, extended exposure to extreme temperatures causes stress and can lead to health complications. Protect your dog from wind and precipitation by giving him a shelter that has a dry floor and plenty of space.
With all of this great advice available to you, you would be a fool to ignore it. Make use of it all in everything you do and you will find your dog becomes more like the dream you once had. A happy dog is one who loves you unconditionally, so make it so.