There is little out there that’s like getting a dog when you want loyalty and love. Anyone can love a dog, whether they’re a part of someone’s big family, or a great companion for a person who lives by themselves. If you’d like to better care for a dog, be sure to use these tips.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. Dog kissing may be adorable, but dogs have awfully dirty mouths. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. Many people say that dogs have cleaner mouths than people. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
If you are not sure of how much to feed your dog each day, talk to your vet about it. Many people look at the guidelines on the dog food bag; the problem with this is that some of the recommendations may be inaccurate and could cause your dog to gain weight. Talk to your vet about what is acceptable and what your dog’s particular needs are.
Regularly brushing your dog’s fur won’t just stop your pet from shedding on your furniture. Daily brushing helps the coat to stay beautiful and shiny. Brushing distributes the natural oils of your dog’s fur evenly and it promotes the health of his skin as well.
Clip your dog’s nails. It can be quite painful for your dog if his nails start curling under. Buy some clippers and do the job yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.
Solid leash training is a must for any dog. Make him walk at your side, and do not let him pull far in front of you or stay far behind. Use the command “heel” to prompt him. This keeps you and your dog safe as you walk. Regardless of how you intend to take your walks, this is a good command for your dog to know.
Fostering a dog teaches you about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Shelters for abused or homeless dogs are often looking for temporary homes, called foster homes, where dogs can live until they are adopted out to a permanent home. Fostering a dog will both help the cause and allow you to test drive the responsibility involved with pet ownership.
Stepping on sharp objects or glass is a common hazard for dogs waling outside. If you notice a small cut on your dog, use an antiseptic and a bandage to clean and protect it. See a vet if they have a deep cut.
Taking care of a dog requires a lot of dedication and hard work. There is more to it than giving your dog food or walking it. Learn how to properly take care of all your dog’s needs. If you do, your dog will live a long and happy life.