Dogs have a unique ability to give companionship and loyalty to their owners. I’m sure you want to take good care of your dog so you can watch it grow up happy and healthy. Hopefully the following tips will be helpful for you.
Neuter or spay the dog. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. Another benefit is dogs that get fixed usually don’t feel the need to wander away.
Training your dog should be done in your yard or inside your home. Don’t train your dog around a lot of people. Your dog could easily become distracted and will be tougher to teach.
Make use of hand signals when training your dog versus relying only on verbal commands. Your dog might learn commands more easily using this approach. Experiment with each way and determine what works.
Don’t purchase cheap dog food. Less expensive brands of dog food often contain artificial coloring, additives, and preservatives that can be very bad for your dog. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. Your dog can really benefit from better food. Recently a dog owner filed a class-action lawsuit against the maker of a popular pet food brand (Beneful) alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating its dry dog foods. Keep an ear out for reports such as that so you know which foods not to feed your dog.
Instead of feeding your dog meat bones, give him rawhide. Bones can chip and hurt your dog if sharp fragments are ingested. Rawhide has been proven to be healthy for your dog. It is excellent for its teeth too, so do not give in to the temptation to give your dog a real bone no matter how hard it begs.
Please don’t force your dog to eat things. If you offer him a treat he doesn’t seem to like, do not make him eat it. It will take you a little while to figure out what your dog likes and what he doesn’t, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Regular exercise is a necessity, as is playtime, in order to keep him physically and mentally happy. Regardless of the activities you choose, you and your dog will benefit a great deal. Every time you play with or exercise your dog, you will find that you are promoting a lasting bond.
Your dog needs to have mental stimulation as well as ways to become physically active too. Bring him outside and teach him how to fetch. This gives him a job to do and he’ll feel fulfilled as a result.
Keep a dog tag on your dog at all times. One thing a lot of people do to be sure they get their dog back is they fit them with a collar that’s breakaway and has an ID tag. The tag should include your name and contact information as well as the name of your dog. Click here to get a great tag for your dog, Another good thing to do would be to have a micro-chip put in your dog by your veterinarian.
Soon you and your dog will be great friends.