Are you interested in rescuing a puppy? Or, would you prefer a pure bred dog from the breeder? Whether you are looking for a regular house dog or a show dog, either one will bring a lot of love into your life. Owning a dog requires responsible care, so use the information in this article to prepare you for dog ownership.
If the cost of your dog’s high-quality food is a burden for your family, team up with another one and buy in bulk. The big-name pet store chains offer top rated names in pet cuisine at a significant discount when bought in the larger quantities. You can minimize the cost for you and some friends while still providing your dogs with fresh and wholesome meals.
Groom your dog regularly. A dog requires constant grooming to keep his coat in tip top condition. Make sure that your dog is completely relaxed before you start the grooming session; this is especially important if he is excitable. Keep the session quite short (5 to 10 minutes at most) until he is comfortable with the idea of being groomed. Most importantly – be sure to praise him and offer a treat after a successful grooming session!
Avoid insisting that your dog socialize nicely with every other passing dog. Experts recommend that your dog be able to tolerate introductions through sniffing and eying with another animal, but say forcing the issue can create problems. Accept your dog’s lead when meeting and greeting other animals and allow for natural interaction.
When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you’ve learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
Do you have a “wrinkly” dog, like a bulldog? If so, you have to be conscientious about the grooming process in order to help keep your pet clean. After you brush, take a baby wipe and use it to get in between the folds on their body. Make sure, though, to get them fully dry after doing so.
Take some time to schedule dog training sessions in your own home and backyard. Avoid training your dog in heavily occupied areas. It will be very distracting for your pup.
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. Understand that any damage your dog causes to other people and their pets is your responsibility, so you need to always use caution when off your property.
You should now know what taking care of a dog entails, so get ready to take that purebred or mutt home! Keep learning to be have a pet that is healthy and happy. Discussing dog tips and ideas online in a forum can be very useful. Learning goes on for your entire life, so embrace the process.