Are you thinking about adopting a dog from the pound? Are you interested in getting a pure breed through a breeder? Whether you wish to have a loveable old mutt or a show dog, you’ll have lots of love in your life by getting a pup. A lot of responsibility is involved, and reading this will help you understand what you can expect.
Because non-verbal communication is vital to dogs, you should devote yourself to learning how to read your dog’s signals. If you notice the dog being hesitant in a new situation, don’t force your dog to socialize if it doesn’t want to. It could end up with someone getting bit. By reading the body language of your dog, you can ensure that this does not happen.
When you take your dog on vacation with you, get a snapshot of them for your phone. If they’re separated from you, then you’ll have a current photo that you can easily access and show others or to download for “lost” flyers.
Practice training your dog around your home, where you and your pup can be alone. This will give you security and an area that your dog is comfortable. It is very difficult to teach a dog that is distracted by people and disturbances.
Take your dog outside so that he can get fresh air and exercise. Dogs need routine activity and play in order to stay happy and healthy. Your dog will be happy with any kind of activity, even if it’s just going for a walk or throwing them a ball. Every time you play with or exercise your dog, you will find that you are promoting a lasting bond.
Take your new dog to the vet. As soon as your dog is brought to your home you should get an appointment scheduled with the vet. Your vet will be able to give a clean bill of health, and appoint a schedule for vaccinations. Talk with a vet about your dog being spayed or neutered. There are lots of homeless dogs and you don’t want to make the problem worse.
Follow through according to your vet’s suggestions if your dog needs something special or has medicine. They may not like their cone, but they need it for a purpose. Vets are professionals who have experience dealing with your situation.
If your dog is lonely, consider a friend for him. Dogs are pack animals by their very nature and usually prefer the company of their own kind. Match them carefully based on energy levels and temperament.
Keep your annual appointments for check-ups with your dog. Vets can do early screening for thyroid issues, diabetes and kidney problems before your dog has symptoms. Yearly physical exams can save money down the line and save the dog from suffering unnecessarily.
Now you are aware of what you need to do to take care of your dog the best you can. Don’t quit trying to learn new tips and advice. You may want to look for a forum of other dog owners to share and learn information. You will gain valuable information by doing so.