Is your dog naughty? Does he like to chew on your socks? Maybe it’s time to give your dog a lesson in proper behavior. In this article, we will provide sound dog training advice.
It can cost a lot to take care of a dog. High quality dog food, medical care, toys and treats can easily run close to $1,000 in a year. Getting into a vet if you have an emergency can cost quite a bit of money, sometimes in the thousands, so you may need pet health insurance too.
Make your home dog-proof. It is important that you try to foresee any problems your dog might run into prior to bringing him home. All cleaning supplies and medications should be moved out of reach of your dog. You should also find a way of securing your trash somewhere that your dog cannot get to, such as in a cabinet. Some common house plants that are toxic to pets should be removed from your home.
You need to have a physical every year, and so does your dog. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth. Regular checkups will help you find these issues prior to them becoming a serious problem.
Neuter or spay the dog. Studies have shown that this leads to the pet living a longer and much healthier life. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
Think about your own lifestyle when considering the dog breed you want. A good example would be if you are a runner. A dog that can keep up with you while you run would be a good choice. Likewise if you spend quite a lot of time at home you may want to get a dog that likes to be pampered a lot. When you match your traits and the traits of your pet, you will both be happy.
Avoid cheap dog food. Cheaper brands have tons of additives, preservatives, and ingredients that can harm a dog’s health. Instead, research which brands are considered to be nutritious. Your dog will appreciate your research.
Don’t make you dog eat something they don’t want to eat. If your dog doesn’t like a particular treat, don’t force him to eat it. When you have a new dog, take time to learn what they do and don’t like.
When a dog behaves badly, correct him immediately. Ignoring it for any length of time will only make it that much more difficult to contain later and you never know what could happen as a result of it now. You need to make sure your dog is happy to keep them in control and so he does not hurt anyone.
Bad dog behaviors days are gone. You don’t have to sit back and watch the dog destroy your home or growl at everybody. You have to be the one who guides your dog. Take all that you’ve learned here, and teach your canine how to be a good pet.