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Humans have been friends with dogs for as long as man has been writing his history. It’s clear that people and dogs are destined to share lives. But, since you’re the human, it’s up to you take care of your dog. Here are a few ways you can make sure your dog is happy and healthy.

Make sure that your home is safe for your dog. This should be done before the dog shows up at your home. Do not have any pills out in the open and put all supplies in cabinets. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.

Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. This helps reduce the probability of cancer and extends the life of your dog. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.

Choose the correct flea medicine for your dog. They contain carcinogens proven to cause cancer in kids. Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for use around small kids.

The dog breed you choose should blend in well with your lifestyle. If you are a hunter for example, perhaps a retriever is the dog for you. If you prefer to stay home curled up on your couch, go for a small dog that likes to be spoiled and that will curl up along with you. Steer clear of a breed mismatch if you want to be a happy dog owner.

Be sure to show your dog lots of praise and love when they do something good. You need the dog to realize that he or she has done something you like. Your dog will soon understand that good behavior is rewarded with praise.

Ask your vet the amount of food your dog needs daily. Simply reading the label on your dog food package may not be enough; your dog may have special needs. Speak with a vet about your dog’s needs and what they should have.

If you choose to adopt a pet, take him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. You need to find out if they picked anything up at the shelter. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.

Plenty of physical activity is one of your dog’s necessities. This will keep his bones and muscles strong and healthy. Whether you take a dog on an extended walk or toss a ball around, your dog and you will both benefit. It will help you form a much stronger relationship.

Your dog has to be leash trained. Make him walk at your side, and do not let him pull far in front of you or stay far behind. Use the command “heel” to prompt him. If your pet is leash trained, it’ll be safer, and you’ll enjoy walks more as well. By having your dog understand this command, it will be very helpful for most situations.

As a dog owner, you must take the time to care for your dog’s physical and emotional needs. Now that you know what to do, you should be prepared to do it. Do more research on dogs, training and other issues you run into.…