For thousands of years now, dogs have been domestic animals. Humans and dogs have proven that they are just meant to be side by side, through thick and thin. However, since you’re the human, you’re going to have to be sure that you’re caring for the dog properly. Following are some tips that will help you make sure your dog is healthy and happy.
Getting a dog is going to cost you some money. Each dog needs quality food, medical care and general supplies. It can cost you around $1000 each year. Also, emergency care is a lot if your dog was to ever get sick; you may want to think about pet insurance.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.
Never allow your dog to leave your yard without a leash even if he seems very trustworthy and calm. Dogs are easily distracted by other animals, cars, and kids, so always make sure to keep your dog on a leash for his own safety. You are responsible if your dog does this.
Talk to the vet about which foods you should avoid giving the dog. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa. Be careful about which foods you feed your dog.
If you have a dog that does something right, like sitting when you’re getting out the leash, you should give the animal lots of praise and affection. You want to let your dog know that the behavior is something that you want to see. Your dog is looking for ways to please you, and giving him your praise lets him know he has done just that.
Buy or build a dog house if he is going to be outside for long periods in the winter. Your dog could get sick if he is left outside in the cold or if the ground is wet. Give him a place that has dry floors and a lot of room.
The daily brushing of your dog’s coat is beneficial, in more ways that just stopping constant shedding. Brushing daily will give them a shiny, beautiful coat. When you brush your dog, the oils on their skins are spread, creating skin that is soft, shiny, and healthy.
If you think you want a dog, but are not sure if you are ready for the commitment involved, consider becoming a foster home. Shelters for abused or homeless dogs are often looking for temporary homes, called foster homes, where dogs can live until they are adopted out to a permanent home. You can give a hand by fostering a dog without a home and try on the role of dog owner too!
Being a pet owner means you are responsible for your dog’s needs. It is easier when you are aware of what you have to do, so hopefully this article has helped you. Start using these tips to make your dog happier and healthier.