There are many different dogs and many different families. It can be tough to decide what you really want and how to get it. Continue reading if you want to be sure that you’re taking care of your pet properly.
Having a dog at your home is a big financial commitment. When you add up the medical care, food and supplies in general, your costs could run from $700-$1000 annually. 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.
Make your home dog-proof. It should be perfectly safe before you bring a dog in. Do not have any pills out in the open and put all supplies in cabinets. Some plants that are usually kept in the home are poisonous to pets, so move them where your dog cannot get to them, or put them out of your home completely.
Your dog cannot communicate through speech; therefore, you must learn its non-verbal language. Hesitant dogs need to be taken out of fearful situations. This could cause your dog to harm a person or another dog. Look for your dog’s non verbal cues and react accordingly.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. Make your dog understand you are pleased with the behavior and expect to see it again. Your dog will quickly understand that the praise is connected to a certain action.
If you are not sure how often you should feed your dog, ask your vet. Some people feed the dog based on their food package recommendations, but these can be wrong and cause them to be overweight. Speak with your veterinarian about what your dog’s needs are and what amounts are proper.
After reading the above article, are you now more aware of what is required to care for a dog? Now you can adopt a dog with peace of mind. Put what you’ve read here to use, and you will be sure that you have a dog that’s taken care of properly.