A dog is much like a child in that you have to care for him night and day. At the same time, your dog can’t talk back, nor can he draw on the walls. While kids and dogs each have their own pros and cons, this article only discusses how to care for your dog.
Make your home dog-proof. Prior to bringing your dog into your home, be sure that it is entirely safe. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Some indoor plants are poisonous, so put them high up.
Hugs are good, but kisses should be avoided. While getting kisses from your dog may seem cute, your dog’s mouth is extremely dirty. Dogs tend to dig through garbage cans, drink out of toilets and explore the hind quarters of other animals. There is an old wives’ tale that says that the mouth of a dog is cleaner than that of a human. This is not true, at all!
If your dog gets lost, it is very unlikely that you will see him again unless he has proper identification. Tags can come off, so the best option is a microchip. It is quick to put in your dog, and it causes minimal discomfort. Simply register the chip ID after it is put in, and your pet will always have his identification with him.
It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. He could easily get spooked by something and run off into harm’s way. You’re responsible for everything your dog does, and for his safety. as well.
Avoid issues of jealously if you have more than one animal. Particularly if you bring a young dog into the home of an older dog, problems can arise. Be considerate of the patience and energy levels of your senior dog and make sure his feelings aren’t hurt by giving the new guy all the attention.
Make sure you have the correct dog supplies. Before bringing your dog home for the first time, be sure that you are equipped with the right supplies. Every dog needs a good sized food and water bowl, a collar and leash, toys, and a comfy place to sleep. Also, remember to purchase an identification tag immediately.
If you’ve been considering adopting a dog but still aren’t sure, you could try to become a foster owner first. The shelters are full of homeless pups and lack many resources because of the overcrowding. Fostering a dog could help the cause as well as find you a new companion you cannot bring yourself to return.
In order to make sure that your dog is healthy, be sure to allow it to have access to clean water at all times during the day. Just like with all living beings, water is one of the most important components. The only exception would be that you would want to keep water from a puppy for three hours before bedtime.
A dog is around for only around ten to fifteen years, so making the most of his life is extremely important. This article provides you with so much data, you may find it overwhelming. That said, take it one step at a time and you can make your dog’s short life amazing.