Are you interested in adopting a dog from a shelter? Or are you looking at purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder? Your life will be changed by the love of your dog no matter which method you use. Here are some tips regarding keeping your dog safe and healthy.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Swallowing even one pill could make your dog very sick or even cause its death. If your dog gets into your medication, call your veterinarian right away.
Never take your dog away from home without a leash, even if he is well-behaved. Something could distract him, like a squirrel or a cat, causing him to leave your side. Understand that any damage your dog causes to other people or pets is your responsibility.
Talk to your vet about what foods are best for your dog. Sometimes you’ll find that a puppy can’t eat certain brands of foods because it will make their stomach upset. Be careful when deciding what to feed your dog.
Reward your dog for doing the right things, such as sitting while you place its food down, with lots of praise and attention. This will show your dog the behavior he is exhibiting is what you are looking for. Your dog wants to please you so praise him when he does.
Don’t leave your dog outside all day long. You may see this on TV or in movies, but that doesn’t make it right. A dog with no companions can feel very isolated and stressed out if he is left alone outside. In addition to the socializing need, you should not leave a dog to fend for himself in heavy rainstorms or very cold weather.
You can find pure breeds at the dog shelter. Many pure bred dogs are abandoned at dog pounds or shelters when owners aren’t able to care for them. Call the pound to see what they have available. You could get the dog you are looking for and save a life in the process.
Learn more about dog ownership. Join online forums to talk about dogs with other dog owners.