Some Ideas On How To Train Your New Dog

TIP! You should not kiss your dog. Dog kisses are very unsanitary.

Dogs have spent thousands of years as domesticated animals. There is no doubt that humans and dogs benefit each other, and it's something that nobody disputes. Since you are the human, it is your responsibility to care for your dog. Here are several tips that will help you keep your dog healthy.

TIP! Since dogs cannot talk, you need to learn your dog's cues. If your dog seems hesitant when meeting another person or dog, do not force them to interact.

Neuter or spay the dog. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog's risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. Additionally, dogs who undergo this procedure are much less likely to wander off and maybe get into to an accident.

TIP! If you bring your pet on vacation with you, keep a picture of him with you, particularly on your phone. If they're separated from you, then you'll have a current photo that you can easily access and show others or to download for "lost" flyers.

If you have medication is your home, even if it is just over-the-counter medication, place it where your dog cannot access it. If your dog has access to these pills, there can be fatal consequences. If your dog happens to get into any such pills, call your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.

TIP! Never allow your dog to leave your yard without a leash even if he seems very trustworthy and calm. Anything can happen, causing your dog to run away or get in a fight with other dogs or even people.

Do not feed your dog "people food". Feeding a dog from the table only reinforces begging. The dog will also be less likely to eat its normal food. Table scraps can be bad for his health as well, leading to obesity and digestive disorders. You need to make sure your dog is not near the dinner table. This will make it easier for your pet (and you!) to avoid temptation.

TIP! Purchase a dog that can keep up with your lifestyle. For instance, joggers may want dogs that can run along with them, instead of a toy breed that cannot.

Which breed you need to buy depends on your lifestyle. If you jog a lot, buy a dog that likes to run, and not something like a toy poodle. If you prefer to stay home curled up on your couch, go for a small dog that likes to be spoiled and that will curl up along with you. Steer clear of a breed mismatch if you want to be a happy dog owner.

TIP! Buy or build a home for the dog if they need to stay outside when it's cold. Especially if your dog's feet get wet, exposure to very cold temperatures for long time periods can cause stress and other health issues.

Do not buy cheap food items for your dog in an effort to save money. Over the course of the dogs life he will be much healthier if you stick to high quality food with plenty of nutritional value. Though this may cost you a bit more, you can rest easily knowing that the dog is eating properly.

TIP! Don't force your dog to eat something. If your dog doesn't like the treat you've bought, don't make him eat it.

Be sure to schedule a check up for your new friend with a trusted veterinarian. This should be one of the first things that you attend to when you're bringing home a new pet. The veterinarian will set the dog up with the proper vaccinations and give it a routine health checkup. Consider having your pup spayed or neutered as there is already an overpopulation problem.

TIP! If you're adopting your pet from a shelter, it's important that you take it to see a vet immediately. You need to find out if they picked anything up at the shelter.

Always follow any instructions from the vet carefully, especially if your dog requires medication or other special attention. Dogs do not like having a cone around their head, but it was given for a reason. Your vet will recommend things that are good for the health of your dog, so make sure that you follow his advice.

TIP! Proper leash walking is something that you should teach to your dog. He should know the "heel" command, stay close to you and not veer far ahead or drag behind.

Let your dog know that you care about him. It is easy to overlook the good behavior your dog shows while you concentrate on eliminating the bad. You might have a hard time later on. On a ratio of five:one, seek out the positive things your dog does and reward him accordingly. Your dog will more likely showcase proper behavior when you do that.

TIP! Some dogs are more likely to have certain health issues, so you need to know what is expected for your dog. Do what you can to combat those issues early.

When you are finding out what kind of dog you want to get, you might want to introduce the prospective pet to your current pet. You need to see if they are going to be compatible or not. Having dogs that get along with each other makes your life that much easier.

TIP! If you have to leave your dog alone for a whole day, leave a radio or a TV on. The noise will keep him company and make him feel a little more secure.

It is essential that you think long and hard before you decide to make a dog a part of your life. A cute puppy tugs at the heartstrings, but you're not thinking about all the responsibilities caring for it will involve. Weigh all of the positives and negatives before you make your decision.

TIP! When you train your dog, don't allow your efforts to be diminished by an excess of trainers. Folks all do things differently, and it is important not to confuse the animal.

Outdoor dogs are not solitary creatures. He may develop bad habits including digging, chewing and excessive barking. He may also become a little aggressive. Give him a lot of love and play with him often if you want him to stay happy.

TIP! You may not have known that some vitamins can harm your dog. Don't give a dog extra vitamins.

Ensure you regularly wash water and food bowls. Your dog will appreciate eating out of a bowl that is clean, just as you would. Wash bowls daily and fill them up with fresh water and food.

TIP! Consider your daily routines, and decide whether a dog would fit into that scenario well. Wanting a dog is the easy part, but taking responsibility of one and giving it the love it needs is difficult.

You don't need to have unrealistic expectations with your dog. When you train your dog, remember his attention span isn't like yours. Keep training sessions short and sweet (just a few minutes, if that's all that works) so that your dog won't get frustrated and form negative associations with the training process.

TIP! Positive reinforcement is the best method of training a dog. Offer the dog plenty of praise and treats when they do well, as they will learn much faster than if you were more stern with them.

Crate training a puppy is a great idea if no one is available during the day to watch him. Doing this can prevent your items from being damaged and keep the dog from using the bathroom inside the home.

TIP! Just because your dog is contained outside does not mean that he does not need as much attention as an indoor dog. He will develop very bad habits, like barking, digging or chewing if left alone too often.

Your canine friend needs to be cleaned regularly. Your dog might not need a daily bath, but you should bathe him about once a week. A clean dog will be less likely to develop skin problems and will help you keep your house clean.

TIP! You must pay attention to your dog's water and food bowls. Just like for humans, it is not sanitary for your pets to continuously eat from a dirty bowl.

If you have a puppy, it's a smart idea to socialize him with some more dogs soon. The groomers, a dog park, and doggy play dates are all great ways you can socialize your dog with other dogs.

TIP! If you have a dog in the house, you need to set aside a place it to relax and sleep. A crate is a great place to put your dog in the first few months.

You need to meet all of your dog's requirements. Now that you know what to do, you should be prepared to do it. Apply the advice you've just been given, and your dog will be happy and healthy.