Tips For Becoming A Better Dog Owner

TIP! Having a dog at your home is a big financial commitment. You will have to spend between $700 and $1000 a year to cover food and medical expenses.

There are all types of different dogs, and there are all types of different family situations. It is hard to decide what to do about owning a dog. Keep reading to find out more about making sure your pet is in good hands.

TIP! Dog-proof your home. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home.

Make your home suitable for dogs. Check your whole home to be sure it is safe prior to bringing a dog home. Do not have any pills out in the open and put all supplies in cabinets. Since some plants are very harmful because of their toxicity, it's best to get rid of them or put them in an area that the dog cannot get to.

TIP! Hug your dog, but don't kiss him. While getting kisses from your dog may seem cute, your dog's mouth is extremely dirty.

Your dog needs an annual physical exam from the vet, just as you need one from your doctor. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. Bringing your dog to the vet each year can help stop these health issues from becoming a huge problem.

TIP! A physical is good for you, and a yearly vet trip is good for your dog. Even the best dog owner will find it difficult or impossible to detect the first signs of health troubles, like a tooth infection or arthritic joints.

If you have medications at home, ensure that it is safely hidden away and out of the reach of your dog. Consuming even a single pill can cause serious health problems or your dog. Be sure to contact your vet if your dog swallows your medication.

Flea Treatments

TIP! Don't force your dog to eat something. If you have food or treats your dog does not like, leave it alone.

Look into the flea treatments. A lot of them can cause cancer in children. Discuss family-friendly alternative flea treatments with your vet. Be sure to store all flea treatments out of the reach of children.

TIP! Correct your dog's bad behavior immediately. If you delay too long, the behavior will get harder and harder to correct.

Keep table scraps to a minimum. This will make him want human food every time you have a meal. Scraps can be terrible for his diet and lead to obesity and other health problems. To prevent temptation, have your dog separated from the area you eat in.

TIP! Brushing your dog daily will do more than keep them from shedding all over your home. Brushing every day will also help give them a gorgeous, glossy coat.

It is a great idea to put hand signals in use when you are training your pet; use them in conjunction with words. Hand signals can really help your dog. Try each way to see what works well with your dog.

TIP! You need to trim your dog's nails regularly. Long nails cause huge amounts of pain.

Praise your dog when he behaves or performs in the way that you have been training him to. Make your dog understand you are pleased with the behavior and expect to see it again. It also teaches your dog that when he does the things you want, he will get praised.

TIP! If you are considering a dog but aren't sure, why not trying providing a good foster home for a dog? Many homeless dogs are waiting for a home in shelters, where overcrowding is a major problem. Fostering a dog could help the cause as well as find you a new companion you cannot bring yourself to return.

Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. Less expensive brands of dog food often contain artificial coloring, additives, preservatives and so on that can be very bad for your dog. Use an animal advocacy group or some kind of consumer awareness group to see if you can get a list of good foods that are professionally recommended. Your dog will get good benefits from the right kind of food.

Rawhide Bones

TIP! Some dog breeds are more prone to problems than others and you should know if your dog could have problems. Research his heritage and take preventative steps for problems you know he is a candidate for.

Rawhide bones are the best options for your dog. Bones can chip and get lodged in the digestive tract or mouth. It has been shown that rawhide bones are safe and great for their teeth, so be sure to not give your dog that ham bone next time.

TIP! If you're thinking about getting a dog that is pure bred, keep the local pound in mind. A lot of dog owners leave their pet at the pound if they do not want them or cannot keep them.

If your dog has to stay outside during cold weather, give him a dog house. Remember that dogs exposed to cold and damp or excessive heat are far more likely to become ill. Give your dog a shelter that is spacious and dry, and your dog will be protected from the hard winds and dampness.

TIP! Tag your dog with proper identification to make sure that you can bring him home if he is lost. Have your dog wear a type of breakaway collar with identification to make sure they're returned to you.

If you are in the market for a pedigree pup, you just may find him at the pound. Unfortunately there are many people out there who simply cannot care for their dogs anymore and they end up at the local pound. Call the pound to find ask what dog breeds are in house at the time. You may be saving a dog's life.

TIP! Bring your dogs to their scheduled appointments. Vets can do early screening for thyroid issues, diabetes and kidney problems before your dog has symptoms.

Be proactive politically for your pet dog. Local legislation that could restrict or regulate the rights of dogs and their owners might be on the table. Many times new, overly-restrictive ordinances have incredibly broad impacts when they're only intended to affect a tiny minority of pet owners. Speak for dog owners that are responsible by talking to your local officials.

TIP! Take a long, hard look at your lifestyle to determine whether a dog is a good fit for you. Wanting a dog is a piece of cake, but actually taking care of one is harder.

You need to think carefully about getting a dog before you adopt one. While a puppy's face is adorable, you must consider everything as far as providing care. Think about finances, time commitment and your current household situation before making a decision.

TIP! You need to be cautious when caring for your dog during the summertime. Dogs are very susceptible to overheating.

You shouldn't use a chilly, wet nose to gauge your pet's health. There are lots of reasons why his nose may be this way, even if he is feeling ill. You can keep track of your dog's heath by paying attention to it's appetite, demeanor, and energy levels. They'll all really tell the story of your pet's health. You can also check the temperature rectally.

TIP! Be firm with your rules. Dog owners think it is alright to bend the rules occasionally Cute dogs get away with even more.

If you contain your dog outside, that does not mean you should give him less attention than an indoor dog. They'll develop bad habits like chewing, digging, and barking if they're constantly left alone. There is also a chance me may become aggressive. Make sure to spend time with him daily, loving on him, playing with him and grooming him.

TIP! Your canine friend needs to be cleaned regularly. You may not need to bathe your dog daily, but it should get a thorough cleaning once weekly.

When it is hot outside, do everything necessary to keep your dog safe. Dogs are very susceptible to overheating. Give your dog a cool, shaded area to retreat to when it gets hot. You need to ensure your dog has some cold and clean water. Also, dogs can suffer from the effects of the sun, so see if the vet recommends sunscreen.

TIP! Ask your regular vet about the brand of food your dog should be eating. Some dogs have medical conditions, such as diabetes, that warrant a special diet.

Develop some basic guidelines for your pet and stick to them. Dog owners sometimes think that it is alright to occasionally let their dog have table scraps or destroy a toy. That usually happens with the cutest dogs! But, when you're tough on your dog, less accidents will occur. In this way, your dog will always know what to expect, and you will not be surprised by unacceptable behaviors.

TIP! Your puppy may be cute when it starts nibbling slippers, but it will not be when it's older and chewing them to bits. You should stop habits like this as soon as they start.

By now, you should feel a little more confident about owning a dog. You've got all sorts of new information at your fingertips now. These tips and hints can be put to good use on your family pet.