No two dogs are alike, not only in looks, but in personality. While my dog may be lazy and loving, your dog may be excitable and temperamental. Regardless, there are a few basic tenets of ownership you absolutely need to know. The following article provides a great deal of advice from dog owners who have experienced it all.
It is expensive to own a dog. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. Emergency care for animals can cost thousands of collars, so think carefully about getting pet health insurance.
It’s also important to determine what do you do with dog poop. There are a lot of different options availalbe and you should look at them to determine what is best for you.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas cause infection in your dog, if one is swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms as well. Speak to your veterinarian about the best prevention method, but remember that this is not a one shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.
Avoid issues of jealously if you have more than one animal. Particularly if you bring a young dog into the home of an older dog, problems can arise. Be considerate of the patience and energy levels of your senior dog and make sure his feelings aren’t hurt by giving the new guy all the attention.
Brushing your dog every day is going to stop them from shedding in your home, but more than that. Their coat will become shinier when they are brushed everyday. When you brush fur, you’re also spreading around the oils that help keep your pet’s coat looking shiny and healthy.
If you want a dog that behaves well you must take the time to properly train it. If you do not do this then you will almost surely be dealing with behavioral problems for the length of the dog’s life. Training is the only way that you can prevent this from happening.
Always teach your dog to walk properly on a leash. Your dog should remain at your side and know the command “heel.” This will not only make your walks more enjoyable, but it will also help keep your dog safe. By having your dog understand this command, it will be very helpful for most situations.
To protect your dog in the event he is lost or stolen, have a microchip surgically implanted by your vet. These handy chips store data that can be retrieved by a shelter or animal officer and used to contact you. They are painless to put in and offer peace of mind for the pet lover!
Dogs of all shapes and sizes make for amazing pets, and a great owner takes the time to learn all about their care. You have done just that, so use the tips you have read here to get down to business. A few simple changes or lessons can really make your dog the happiest he can be.
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