While owning a dog is a fun and amazing endeavor, it brings with it a great deal of responsibility. Thankfully, this article was written by other owners to ensure you can learn from their own follies in the past. The advice here will make you the best down owner you can be, so read on.
Always be prepared to pick up after your dog with a scoop and bag. Although most people think that this is simply a polite thing to do so that others don’t step in it, your dog’s excrement is actually hazardous!
It contains a bacterium that can contaminate local supplies when it washes through to ground water.
Do not force your dog to eat things. If your dog doesn’t like a treat you give him, let it go. When you first get a dog, you should take some time to get to know what it likes and what it dislikes.
Although the sound may be cute, your dog’s nails shouldn’t click along the floor when it walks. That’s a sign that the nails are too long. The nails should actually just barely touch the ground. Seek the advice of a professional on what tools are the best for giving your dog a pedicure.
When a dog behaves badly, correct him immediately. Ignoring it can help your dog to establish lifelong bad habits. The longer you wait to address the problem, the worse the problem will become. If you don’t get his behavior under control, your dog could end up biting someone.
Pay attention to the nails of your canine. If they begin to curl under, you dog could experience quite a bit of pain. You can purchase clippers and do this at home. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.
Schedule a vet appointment for the new dog. As soon as you bring your new dog home, make an appointment with your vet. The vet will give him a complete health check and set up a vaccination schedule. You should also speak to your vet concerning your dog being spayed or neutered because there is an overpopulation of dogs in shelters.
Check to make sure your dog’s collar is adjusted properly by fitting two of your fingers comfortably underneath it and pulling gently. There should be just enough room to do this and no more, otherwise he may be able to wiggle out of it. Always keep it on, except during crate transport, as the collar can get snagged and injure.
Respect your pet. When out on a walk, do not force your dog to interact with other people or animals if he does not want to. There is a reason why your dog may not want to get too close, and it is important that you listen to him. If you try and make him interact, your dog may begin to act out over time.
All of the expert advice contained above should have you ready to really take good care of your dog. That said, focus on love and everything else will fall into place. As long as you continue to adore your four-legged friend, and mistakes you make will be forgotten quickly and won’t be so harmful.