When seeking a new dog, you are sure to want a gentle companion who will keep your feet warm at night. The dog you get may be far from this ideal vision. No matter what happens it is now your responsibility to make sure the dog is cared for, and the following article will show you how to go about doing that.
Make your home safe for your dog. Before bringing home your new pup, make sure that it’s safe. Make sure anything toxic is put up. Some plants that are usually kept in the home are poisonous to pets, so move them where your dog cannot get to them, or put them out of your home completely.
Since humans don’t speak dog, we need to figure out how to communicate with our pets non-verbally. Hesitant dogs need to be taken out of fearful situations. This can lead to a bad ending for your dog, the other pooch or the other person. Follow your dog’s body language.
Do not fall prey to the temptation to feed table scraps to your dog. If you feed from the table, he’ll become a beggar and stop eating his own food. In addition, table scraps are simply not good for your dog’s health. They can cause obesity and other problems. While you and your family dine, keep your dog in another room so that table-feeding isn’t an option.
Dog training should take place on your property. Don’t train in a park. This can cause your dog to get distracted, which can make training them simple commands almost impossible.
Don’t let a dog go off property without their leash, even if they’re well behaved. Wild animals could grab their attention, causing them to run into dangerous territory, or they may have an unpleasant situation involving other dogs and people. Your dog is your responsibility, so treat him right.
Ask your vet how much food your dog should get every day. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs. Speak with a vet about your dog’s needs and what they should have.
Take the time to correct bad behavior in your dog at the first sign of it. The longer you ignore it, the more difficult it will be to correct it later, and the consequences could be dire. If you don’t get his behavior under control, your dog could end up biting someone.
Schedule a veterinary checkup for your new dog. Directly after getting your dog, be sure to make a check up appointment with a trusted vet. The vet will examine your dog. Ask your vet about neutering your dog. Shelters are filled with unwanted animals and not neutering your dog means you could be making this problem worse.
You’ve just been given a treasure chest full of good advice- don’t throw it away. Use it all, and soon you may see that your dog is responding in just the way you’ve always dreamed of. When your dog is happy, you’ll be happy too. Do what you need to do to make that happen.