When you go to the pound or a pet store, you may be dreaming of a sweet dog who sleeps with you all night and follows you around all day. This may not be what you get in the end. Still, you have to take care of your dog in the best way that you can, and the tips that follow will help you do that.
Dogs don’t talk so you should learn his non-verbal language. When dogs seem hesitant upon meeting others, never force an interaction. This could cause the dog to bite. Watch for any of these non-verbal cues and let these guide your actions.
Try not to feed your dog any table scraps. This teaches dogs bad habits. Table scraps can negatively affect the dog’s health and cause digestive issues or obesity. Keep your dog away from the family dinner table for training purposes and to avoid any temptation.
Positive reinforcement is very important in training your dog. He needs to understand that this is the right thing to do. Your dog will soon understand that good behavior is rewarded with praise.
Do not try to feed your dog something they do not like. If your dog doesn’t like a particular treat, don’t make him eat it. When you get your dog you should spend some time with it to learn exactly what kinds of things it enjoys.
Bring your shelter dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible after you adopt him. You never know what condition the dog might be in. The best thing to do is to ensure that you new dog has all the necessary vaccinations before it comes home with you.
Make an appointment with a good vet right after getting a new dog. Once the dog arrive home, place a call to the vet and schedule that appointment. The vet will provide a full health check and create a vaccination schedule. Ask your vet about neutering your dog. Shelters are filled with unwanted animals and not neutering your dog means you could be making this problem worse.
Only a fool would ignore the advice above. Use it for all that you do to watch your dog become the dream companion you’ve always wanted. Happy dogs give unconditional love, and that is what you should strive to achieve.