Would you like to save a little puppy from the pound? Do you want to add a purebred pup to your family? Whether you prefer a purebred dog or a versatile mixed breed, you will add hours of enjoyment to your life when you get a pooch. This is a big responsibility, keep reading to find out what you can do.
It is fine to hug your dog, but avoid those wet kisses. Dog kisses may be seen as cute, but their mouths aren’t all that clean. Dogs dig in trash cans, drink from toilet bowls and sniff and lick various body parts on themselves and other dogs. There is a belief that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This is absolutely a myth!
You need to have a physical every year, and so does your dog. Dogs can’t talk, so how do you know he has arthritis, for example? Getting your dog checked up on annually will allow you to know if there are any problems.
If you’re taking your pup on a vacation, make sure that you take a picture of him for on your phone. Therefore, if your animals get lost, there is a recent photo that can be used for the purpose of locating them.
Never give your dog a real bone to chew on. Bones can fall apart and become lodged between teeth or digestive system. Rawhide is great for oral health, so don’t give Rover any of your T-bone, regardless of how much you know he wants it.
Grooming your dog every day will ensure it doesn’t shed all over the place. Brushing your pup daily will help make their coat shiny. This is because the motions you go through while brushing evenly distributes the skin’s oils and helps keep the skin healthy, shiny and soft.
If you’re adopting a dog through a local shelter, try scheduling a vet appointment right away. Shelter dogs could be sick or exposed to different viruses. Therefore, you should ensure your new dog receives its vaccinations as soon as you obtain it.
Properly teach your dog how to walk with a leash. Keep your dog at your side when you are taking a walk. Walking this way will help to keep your pet safe, and it will make it easier for you to enjoy walks too. Your dog needs to get used to this.
You can always choose to foster a dog for a few weeks if you’re not sure about making the full commitment of dog ownership. Thousands of animals are living in shelters, which is less than ideal for many dogs, while they wait for a chance to be adopted. Fostering will help you become adapted to the life of a pet owner, and you will be making a difference in the life of a dog at the same time!
Now you are aware of what you need to do to take care of your dog the best you can. There will always be things you don’t know, so don’t stop learning. Think about getting involved with an online forum to discuss dogs with other owners. Learning is something that you should always try to do.