Your dog may paw at his bowl if he is hungry. When your dog needs to go to the bathroom, they might scratch at your back door. If he needs love and attention, he might look at you with those ‘puppy dog’ eyes! You can’t always so easily tell what is needed, so keep reading for tips on how to learn the ropes.
Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. It is important that you try to foresee any problems your dog might run into prior to bringing him home. Store things like meds and cleaning products in a safe location, and be sure to keep any indoor trash cans behind a cabinet. Keep house plants out of his reach, especially if they could be poisonous.
If you keep some medication in your home, make sure your dog cannot access it. Many medicines that benefit you can be harmful or fatal to your dog. If your dog eats your medication, see a vet right away.
To improve the dog training process, try using hand signals in addition to verbal commands. Using hand gestures can help your dog to recognize commands quicker. Test out both methods to see which works for you.
Talk to your vet to learn which foods are appropriate for your particular dog. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa. You should be careful when you are feeding your dog.
Talk to your vet about how much your dog should eat. While there are those that feed their dog whatever it says on the package, this may not be good for your dog and can make it overweight. Speak with your veterinarian about what your dog’s needs are and what amounts are proper.
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. Dogs are more likely to be sick or have exposure to viruses in the shelter. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
If you are considering a dog but aren’t sure, why not trying providing a good foster home for a dog? Many homeless and abused animals are waiting in shelters for someone to adopt them and with over-crowding, resources are slim. You can give one a home for a while to help the cause and you can also keep it if you like it!
If your dog is in heat, be careful if you want her to not end up pregnant. Males can detect the scent from miles away. She could also cause fighting among other dogs, along with becoming pregnant with an unwanted litter of unknown origin.
Stepping on sharp objects or glass is a common hazard for dogs waling outside. If your dog happens to get a cut, wash it thoroughly and put a bandage on it. If the cut is deep, check with your vet.
It is said that you can understand dog emotions, and that is really no surprise considering a dog is man’s best friend. That said, after reading this article, you now have an understanding of dogs which goes deeper than body language. Your dog will thank you for that.