There are great responsibilities when it comes to dog ownership. It is up to you to provide a healthy and loving environment for your dog. In order to have a happy, and healthy, dog, you’ll need to learn all that you can.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. While getting kisses from your dog may seem cute, your dog’s mouth is extremely dirty. Dogs poke around trash cans, love smelling and licking other dogs’ body parts and enthusiastically drink from toilet bowls. Your dog’s mouth is not really any cleaner than a human’s mouth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
You should have your dog spayed or neutered. It is a known fact that doing this will lessen the probability of your dog getting cancer. Dogs who have been neutered or spayed are also less likely to run or wander away from home.
Your dog cannot communicate through speech; therefore, you must learn its non-verbal language. If your dog seems hesitant when meeting another person or dog, do not force them to interact. This could cause your dog to get scared and to bite. Look for your dog’s non verbal cues and react accordingly.
Take a photo of your dog when you plan to take him on vacation. In the event that he gets separated from you, you have easy access to a current photo to put on flyers that will help identify him.
Buy or build a home for the dog if they need to stay outside when it’s cold. Your dog could get sick if he is left outside in the cold or if the ground is wet. Build a shelter yourself or purchase a kit from the nearest pet store.
Keep your dogÃ¢”s nails trimmed. When they start curling under, the dog runs the risk of experiencing pain. Nails can easily be clipped. Your local pet store will have the tool you need. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming them yourself, a groomer can do it for little money.
This information is for you to use, so start now! If you put these tips into practice, you’ll get great results. If you won’t do whatever it takes to give your dog the best life possible, why have one at all?