It’s natural that you would love having a dog. Dogs have been great pets for thousands of years. It’s always a great idea to get a dog, but you have to remember that you are also taking on some responsibility when you bring a dog into your house. Here are some ways you can handle those responsibilities.
If you are interested in providing your dog with the healthiest of diets and making positive contributions to the earth’s environment, make his food from scratch. You can buy locally grown organic ingredients and provide him all the proteins, carbs and fats he needs with no preservatives while reducing the waste from packaging as well.
Do not buy your dog a particular brand of food just because it is cheap. Cheap brands are full of fillers, preservative and even chemicals. Looking at a pet advocacy group website can give you recommendations of the best food for your dog. Your dog will thank you for feeding him a better food.
Brushing your dog on a daily basis has other benefits aside from the fact that he will shed less fur on your furniture clothing. Your dog’s coat will be super shiny and beautiful if you brush them every day. When you brush your dog, the oils on their skins are spread, creating skin that is soft, shiny, and healthy.
Don’t be upset if your dog does not want to get dressed up. It’s becoming more popular to dress your dog in dog clothes, but some dogs just don’t like the feeling of having clothes on. If your dog does not relax after the clothing is on, you should remove the clothing to avoid your dog trying to remove it by itself.
Let your dog know who is boss! Unless shown otherwise, a dog will naturally assume that he is the leader of the pack – once this has been established it is quite difficult to persuade him otherwise! When disciplining your dog, be firm in tone, but calm. Never punish a dog in a physical manner, as this will lead to lifelong mistrust. Also, when he behaves, remember to praise him!
Make sure that you trim your dog’s nails on a fairly regular basis. You do not want them to get too long since it will make it uncomfortable for them to walk and they may develop health issues. They should be at a length that just about touches the ground.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, but aren’t sure you want to make the commitment, try serving as a foster home. A lot of shelters that take in homeless or abused animals have a way to let you adopt them for a while. Fostering will help you become adapted to the life of a pet owner, and you will be making a difference in the life of a dog at the same time!
Having a dog isn’t all fun and games. You have to give yourself some time to really think about what you’re doing, and to act accordingly. You can use the tips here to help you to know what you need to do. You can always have a happy dog, if you take the time to give it a little thought.