Would you like to rescue a puppy from the local pound? Do you want a purebred dog complete with papers, from a breeder? Whether you wish to have a loveable old mutt or a show dog, you’ll have lots of love in your life by getting a pup. Although, having a dog is a great responsibility that must be considered before jumping into getting one.
Make your home dog-proof. Prior to bringing the pooch home, check that the whole home is safe. Put all medication and cleaning supplies away, and keep your indoor trash can inside a cabinet. Certain plants are toxic, and it’s best to move them, too.
Always neuter or spay your pet. Statistics show that doing this can reduce your dog’s cancer risk, which can result in a longer life span. Also, dogs that are fixed do not want to run away as much.
Make sure you are informed of what flea treatments you are using for your dog. Quite a few of them use ingredients that are very unsafe for kids, including an ingredient that has been linked to cancer. Ask your vet about alternative treatments that are more family-friendly, and be sure to keep small children away during applications.
Your lifestyle can help determine what dog breed is a good match for you. For example, if you live an active lifestyle it is probably best for you to find an active dog instead of a little dog. Likewise if you are quiet home-body, look for a smaller dog that enjoys pampering and living it up on your sofa. When you match your traits and the traits of your pet, you will both be happy.
Be sure to praise your dog freely and consistently whenever he exhibits a desired behavior. Let a dog know that their behavior is what you wish to see. Your dog is looking for ways to please you, and giving him your praise lets him know he has done just that.
Take the time to correct bad behavior in your dog at the first sign of it. If you ignore any issue with your pet then later on it’s going to be harder to train it to obey because it doesn’t know any better. If your dog is not under control, he could end up hurting you or someone else.
You have the information you need to properly care for your new dog now, so get ready to show your dog its new home. Use online resources, which change fairly frequently, to learn as much as you can about dog ownership. Think about joining online forums to talk about dogs with other dog owners. Keep learning throughout your life.