posted on 06 Jun 2014 05:55 by testedrecord6482
Have you ever owned a dog, or are you considering getting one? If so, you are already familiar with the joys of owning these fantastic pets. However, those rewards are increased through knowledge and responsibility. This article is going to go over some things that will help you become better with dogs.
It costs a lot to own a dog. Food, supplies and vet bills can add up to $1,000 or more per year. Getting into a vet if you have an emergency can cost quite a bit of money, sometimes in the thousands, so you may need pet health insurance too.
Take your dog to the vet at least one time a year for checkups. Since your dog does not speak the human language, he simply cannot tell you if his tooth aches or his arthritis is making it difficult for him to walk. A checkup once a year will help diagnose any problems.
Do not buy your dog a particular brand of food just because it is cheap. Cheap brands usually contain ingredients that can be harmful to the health of 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. Better food will be very beneficial to your dog.
If your dog does something the correct way, such as sitting before you put the leash on, make sure that you give it tons of affection and praise. This communicates to your dog that he is doing just exactly what you want. This is called positive reinforcement.
Do not allow your dog to remain outdoors all day long. While this is what many people do, dogs require socialization with people and/or other animals. Your dog may be lonely if it is just him. Plus, bad weather can be health and even life threatening to your pet.
Think about your own lifestyle when considering the dog breed you want. For instance, joggers may want dogs that can run along with them, instead of a toy breed that cannot. If you are more of a homebody, a smaller, less active dog who enjoying being pampered is the better choice. By selecting the right dog breed, both you and your dog will be more content.
When you're choosing your dog's food, don't cut costs by going with the cheapest option. It is vital to give your dog the best quality food. While this may mean paying higher prices for a premium brand, you can be assured your dog is getting the proper nutrients from wholesome sources.
It is important that your dog's nails are not allowed to get too long. When they start curling under, the dog runs the risk of experiencing pain. It is easy to keep nails trimmed with simple implements available at pet stores. If you lack the confidence to attempt this, take the dog to a professional groomer.
Perform tick and flea inspections daily on the dog when it gets warmer out. A flea comb can help you remove fleas that you see. A number of products saturate the market that help control fleas and ticks on your dog. Talk to your veterinarian about such products or any other options that are available.
Leaving a radio playing while you are gone will help your dog stay calm and may alleviate separation anxiety. The noise will keep him company and make him feel a little more secure. The sounds might help to emulate a normal home environment when people are around.
Were you aware of how harmful vitamins can be to your pet? If your dog eats commercial foods, he doesn't need vitamin supplements unless your vet advises you to give them to him. If you give your dog too many vitamins, joints, bones or blood vessels could be damaged. Speak with your vet to determine the correct course of action for your dog.
Some breads are prone to illness, and you need to know if yours is one of them. Find out what your dog's breed frequently suffers from and the symptoms. Also, ask your vet what you can do to help your canine beat the odds for his breed.
Many people love owning a dog, in part because of the affection and companionship that it brings to their lives. What any person that wants a dog should do is learn whatever they can about caring for one before they start caring for it. Even if you have a dog already, you need the knowledge you just read. The information here is something that can be a wonderful well of knowledge today and in the future.
edit @ 23 Jul 2014 19:44:01 by testedrecord6482