Whether you already have a dog or are just looking for one, it is likely that you are aware of the care required by dog ownership. This isn’t just something that you’re able to do from the start. Review the information below to learn how to take great care of your dogs.
It’s very important to make sure that your home is safe for a dog. Before you bring a new dog home, make sure the whole area is safe. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Some very common plants are quite toxic to animals, so always make sure they are out of reach.
Do not overlook your dog’s bad behavior. 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. This could lead to huge problems down the road.
Check to make sure your dog’s collar is adjusted properly by fitting two of your fingers comfortably underneath it and pulling gently. There should be just enough room to do this and no more, otherwise he may be able to wiggle out of it. Always keep it on, except during crate transport, as the collar can get snagged and injure.
If your dog is undergoing a course of treatment with medication or therapy, make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions precisely. The dog may hate that cone on its head, but it’s there for a very good reason! Your vet recommendations should be taken seriously for the betterment of your dog’s health.
Don’t forget to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Long nails can make him uncomfortable, cause injury to his feet and will ruin your floors. If he makes a “click” sound when he walks on hard wood or linoleum, that’s a good indication it’s time for a trim. Ask your vet to do it if necessary.
The pads of your dog’s feet can become dry and cracked, so make sure that you moisturize them regularly. Ask your veterinarian for advice on which product to use. Avoid using moisturizers that are intended for humans, because they can make the pads too soft and your dog may get hurt.
When taking your senior dog to the vet for an annual visit, make sure to request senior blood work. A blood panel can help your vet to identify any kidney, heart or vascular concerns. If caught early, treatment is often minimally invasive and less costly. This is a great way to keep your pet healthy for years to come.
You should remember the quote about too many cooks spoiling the soup while trying to train your dog. Different people do things different ways, and you can confuse your pup. One person should be in charge, and everyone else needs to reinforce everything this person teaches the dog.
Properly caring for your dog should be easier now that you know more on this topic. All you have to do is be patient and loving and you will know that your pet appreciates it. Continue to look up information and have fun with your canine.