No pets can compete with a dog when it comes to loyalty, love, and affection. A dog makes a great family pet, or a companion for someone who lives alone. To give your dog the care that he deserves, use the following information.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
Start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Create a vocabulary list that all your family members will use to command the dog and stick to it. Dogs can become confused if the same words are not used to give them directions. The dog will see “get over here” and “come” as two different commands.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. This is especially true if you have small children at home. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
Your dog’s nails need to be trimmed regularly. It can be quite painful for your dog if his nails start curling under. It is easy to keep nails trimmed with simple implements available at pet stores. Can’t hack it? Take them to the groomer instead.
When clipping a puppy’s toenails, start slow. Introduce your little dog to them before you begin cutting. You may only be able to get a single nail done during a sitting. It could take some time for puppy to become comfortable with the idea of nail clipping, but soon, you will be able to get through it all at once.
Exercise your dog frequently. Your dog has to be worked out to stay happy and healthy. From a walk to chasing a ball, everything counts. You can get a lot of much needed exercise and build a stronger bond with your dog.
If your dog does something that you do not like, try to avoid just saying no. To your dog, no doesn’t really explain what you want your pup to do. Instead of saying no if your dog is jumping, try to get your dog to sit or lay down. By doing this, you provide your dog with an instruction of what to do.
Be prepared for natural disasters that also impact your dog. Have an emergency supply of water and food for him and know in advance if your local shelter for people will allow pets inside. Too many pets are injured or lost following storms, floods and other situations that cause chaos in a community.
There’s a lot that goes into looking after a dog. There is more to dog care than going for walks and providing food. Give the proper affection to your dog, and show him a lot of compassion. Doing so will give you more enjoyable years with them.