Dogs are great pets, but they’re rarely low-maintenance ones. Dogs, just like kids, are going to have to be cleaned, taken to doctors, fed correctly, and entertained. Learning everything about training a dog can take some time. The following tips will teach you how to take great care of your dog.
Praise your dog when he behaves or performs in the way that you have been training him to. He needs to understand that this is the right thing to do. This will also give your dog incentive to be good.
Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. The longer you ignore it, the more difficult it will be to correct it later, and the consequences could be dire. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on.
Should you visit a shelter to adopt a dog, take the animal to the vet as soon as possible. They may be carrying some sort of illness that they picked up at the shelter. That is why it’s important to have a full checkup and a course of vaccinations before you bring your puppy home.
Exercise your dog frequently. Your dog has to be worked out to stay happy and healthy. Throw a ball around the park with your dog and play fetch. It gives you exercise and helps develop a relationship that will last forever with your dog.
If you want a dog but don’t know if you can handle the responsibility, start out as a short-term foster home. Shelters for abused or homeless dogs are often looking for temporary homes, called foster homes, where dogs can live until they are adopted out to a permanent home. Besides helping you figure out if full-time ownership is right for you, fostering will also do a great deal for the cause of abandoned animals as a whole.
If you are in the market for a pedigree pup, you just may find him at the pound. Lots of dog owners take animals to the pound when they can’t care for them any longer. Simply call your pound and see what they have. You may get to save a canine’s life if you do this!
Make sure you provide your dog with affection on a regular basis. In life, it is far too common to give bad behavior more attention than good. This often results in problems later. Rather, stroke, praise and pet your dog at least three to four times more than you scold or speak sternly to him. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.
If your dog isn’t happy or is lonely, consider buying a second dog. Dogs are animals that love to be with other dogs. Matching a dog up with another of a similar disposition will make your dog very happy.
If your female dog is in heat be cautious – she could very easily become pregnant. A male canine might sense her from a distance of five miles. As well as possibly causing a fight amongst male dogs in the area, she might actually get pregnant.
Always take your dog for his yearly check-up. Vets can find problems such as kidney troubles, thyroid issues and diabetes well before symptoms appear to you. Regular check-ups will keep your dog healthy, and may save you a lot of cash in the long run.
As you can see, there is a lot to know when it comes to being a dog owner. Take the time to do more research on how to care for your dog and on any specific issues you are encountering. Use all that you now know, and your dog will be eternally grateful for your love, support, and leadership!