There are a lot of pets out there. You could bring home a bird or a lizard, a gerbil or a cat. When it comes to a companion who loves you forever, you can’t go wrong with a dog. The following piece will give you tips for properly caring for a dog.
Fight the urge to feed table scraps to your dog. This causes regular begging and will cause him to dislike his food. Table scraps can actually lead to obesity and other health concerns. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.
When training a dog, practice in the yard or your home. Training a dog in a very populated area is never a good idea. People will only distract your dog, making it more difficult to train him.
Ask the vet about how much the dog should eat each day. Dog food packages provide guidelines, but they can be wrong for your particular pet and lead to obesity. Ask your vet for some recommendations if you are not sure which brands are best for your dog or need help with quantities.
Should you visit a shelter to adopt a dog, take the animal to the vet as soon as possible. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. Your puppy needs to get a few shots before you can safely bring it home.
Stimulate your dog mentally and physically with plenty of exercise. Make sure he can get the paper and help you around the house. Many dogs were originally bred to work, and will get frustrated if you do not give them a job to do.
It is important that your dog is equipped with some kind of ID. A good way to ensure your dog is returned if he is lost is to attach an identification tag to his collar. Your dog’s name and your contact info should appear on the tag. Micro-chipping is another great option to help in the event that your dog gets lost.
It’s not rare for dogs to acquire cuts by stepping on debris or glass pieces. Small cuts can be treated by washing, flushing with hydrogen peroxide and bandaging. If the cut seems like it’s too deep, then head off to see the vet.
Bring your dog to a veterinarian regularly. You need to make sure your pet is caught up on shots, and it’s smart to get tests done for heartworm and other issues. If your dog is younger, make sure that you go to the vet often. This will help your vet diagnose any physical issues with your dog.
It is no simple decision to take on a dog, but now that you are better informed about what to do, it’s time to take the next step. Continue the process of learning about the care and feeding of our faithful companions. You can turn it into a hobby and make your pet a happy one.