There is more to having a dog than simply providing it with food and the occasional petting. Your dog also needs constant TLC. How will you know what you can or should do in regards to your dog? The advice here runs the gamut of dog needs, so read on.
Just as you need an annual physical exam, dogs do as well. Dogs can’t talk, so how do you know he has arthritis, for example? A veterinary checkup can speak when your dog cannot, and it might help you to detect health problems before they become severe.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. Your pet stands to enjoy a significantly better (and longer) life. It’s been verified through research that this simple procedure reduces cancer risks and provides other benefits, too. Spayed and neutered dogs wander less often as well, so this reduces likelihood of your dog getting hit on the road or lost.
When bringing dogs on vacation, it pays to take a photo of them to keep on your phone. If he gets lost, you have a recent picture you can immediately access in order to print “lost” flyers.
Be careful with canine flea treatments. Several have cancer causing ingredients, and they can be especially harmful to young children. Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for use around small kids.
If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. This will show that you appreciate what your dog is doing. This will teach your dog that praise comes from good behavior.
When you get a new dog, it is best that you schedule a check-up at the vet right away. Schedule a visit with the vet right away. The vet will give him a complete health check and set up a vaccination schedule. Speak with a vet about getting your dog neutered or spayed since there is a massive dog overpopulation problem that you don’t need to add to.
Whatever your vet recommends, do it. Dogs do not like having a cone around their head, but it was given for a reason. Recommendations that a vet makes are for the good of your pet and if you don’t adhere to these things it could be bad for your pet.
Give your dog plenty of love. Many owners inadvertently spend more time focusing on their pet’s negative behaviors than on all the good things they do. This can cause problems later on. Rather, stroke, praise and pet your dog at least three to four times more than you scold or speak sternly to him. Your dog will more likely showcase proper behavior when you do that.
The more you know about your dog, the better off you’ll both be. Doing so means providing your dog with the best life possible, seeing as he is already such a good friend. If you were a dog, would you not want your owner to take the time to learn about you?