Your dog is your best friend, for better or worse. When he chews up a box of facial tissues, all you can do is laugh. When he snuggles into the crook of your back at night, you can feel loved. To pay him back for the joy he brings you, read this article and learn all you can.
Don’t get sub-par food for your dog that’s from a bargain store. Cheap dog food usually includes fillers (such as corn or soybeans) which are not appropriate for dogs. It may also contain poor quality ingredients which may hurt your dog’s health over time. You can get a list of veterinarian-recommended foods from your vet or from animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness groups. Your dog will be much healthier if you feed it some healthy food.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
Don’t forget to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Long nails can make him uncomfortable, cause injury to his feet and will ruin your floors. If he makes a “click” sound when he walks on hard wood or linoleum, that’s a good indication it’s time for a trim. Ask your vet to do it if necessary.
You must learn how to introduce your dog to other dogs. Keep him on his leash during introductions so you have better control. Start with a walk by while keeping his attention on you. Then, on the next walk by, allow the dogs to sniff each other a bit. This will allow them to get to know each other without the dangers of attacks.
Always make sure that your dog is wearing some sort of identification on their collar. A common method to make sure your lost dog is returned is to have them wear a breakaway collar with an identification tag. Put your own name and contact information on it, along with your dog’s name. You may also consider having a micro-chip implanted.
Get into pet politics! Watch to see if there are any laws passed that affect your situation as the owner of a dog. This is often caused by a few bad dogs, or a particular breed. Talk to responsible pet owners all around you by contacting your local officials.
If you are training your dog, make sure the treat you are giving him really is desirable. Pets have preferences too, and if your dog does not like the treat you are providing, there is not going to be much motivation to do the right thing. Try out a few different brands, and remember that soft, chewy treats are generally the most well-received.
While humans may judge us, a dog never will. He will continually love you, even when you neglect his best interests. That said, you have read this article because you never wish to do anything which harms him, so use these tips every day and make his life as joyous as he makes yours.