Does your dog enjoy misbehaving? Does your dog chew on your favorite items with little to no thought about what it’s doing? It’s probably time to begin teaching your dog how to behave. This article contains some helpful advice about dog ownership.
If you are on any kind of medication, you should ensure your dog never gains access to it. Swallowing a couple pills could can serious health issues, even heart attacks and seizures. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
Be wary when it comes to flea treatments. A lot of the ones on the market have ingredients that are 1000 times more potent than what is considered safe by the EPA and it may be a cancer risk for children. Talk to your veterinarian about the safest options, and don’t let your kids near the dog while you’re doing a treatment.
Don’t give table scraps to your dog. This can make your dog not want to eat his dog food, and it will promote begging. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. Put your dog in another room while the family eats, and do not allow him to reenter the dining space until dinner is done.
Your lifestyle can help determine what dog breed is a good match for you. If you are very active, think about getting a dog that will run with you. If you spend more time in the home, a more sedate, indoor dog will fit your lifestyle best. You and your dog will both be happier if you are a perfect match.
Your dog will need a dog house if it is going to be outside in colder temperatures. Remember that dogs exposed to cold and damp or excessive heat are far more likely to become ill. Keep your dog safe from wind, rain and snow by providing it with a house with lots of room and a dry floor.
Nip bad behavior in the bud. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. It is possible that your dog could injure a person, and that person could be you! So correct unwanted behavior right away.
Train your pet on how to behave correctly when leashed. Your dog should learn to walk by the side of you, teach them to ‘heel’. If you do this, your dog will be safe, and it will be easy for you to handle. When you dog understands the command to heel, you can relax occasionally and walk with a loose leash without having your arm pulled off.
Don’t leave your dog outside all day long. While this happens quite often, a dog needs interaction during the day. If you only have one dog, he can get lonely outside. If you’re area is experiencing rain or snow, you’ll need to bring your dog inside to prevent your dog from getting ill.
You can find many types of dogs at the pound, even pure breeds. Many pure bred dogs are abandoned at dog pounds or shelters when owners aren’t able to care for them. Call the pound to find ask what dog breeds are in house at the time. This action could also help to save the life of a dog!
Your dog needs both physical and mental exercise. Train him to fetch the newspaper and help with other household chore. He can feel useful and like a family member, and continuing to train him will keep his mind sharp.
Your dog’s unwanted behavior should stop soon. You don’t have to observe your dog ripping everything apart or barking at anyone who comes near it. You have the power to transform you dog into a well behaved pet. The information you have learned can help prevent bad behavior from happening.