Many people have had a dog in the house when they were young, or they have one now. If you are thinking about adopting a puppy, there are a few things you should know first. Go over the following article to learn more about dogs and make sure you could properly take care of a pet.
While it’s great to show your dog affection, you shouldn’t kiss them. Kisses seem nice, but dogs have very dirty mouths. Dogs poke around trash cans, love smelling and licking other dogs’ body parts and enthusiastically drink from toilet bowls. It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. It’s not true.
When you get a puppy, have him fixed at around two years old. Research has shown this simple procedure can lessen cancer risks and can give your dog a longer lifespan. It also keeps dogs from humping, running away from home or becoming violent at puberty.
Use hand signals when training your dog along with verbal commands. This is a very effective way to communicate with your dog. Try each way to see what works well with your dog.
Carefully consider what your home is like when deciding on a breed of dog. For instance, if you love to run, get a dog that loves to run too, and leave the miniature breed for someone who is less active. Likewise if you are quiet home-body, look for a smaller dog that enjoys pampering and living it up on your sofa. You should find a dog that fits well with your personality.
Don’t go for the cheap stuff when you buy dog food. The cheaper dog foods have tons of additives and preservatives which aren’t the best for your dog. You should contact an animal advocacy group or a consumer awareness program to get some recommendations for quality dog foods. You will see a difference in your dog’s activity level and general happiness when you feed him “good” food.
Nip bad behavior in the bud. Ignoring it for any length of time will only make it that much more difficult to contain later and you never know what could happen as a result of it now. Bad behaviors that are left uncontrolled can result in human injuries to you, your child, your friend or your neighbor. This is why it’s important to nip them in the bud immediately!
You need to trim your dog’s nails regularly. Long nails cause huge amounts of pain. You can do this yourself using a pair of dog clippers from the pet store. If you are worried about doing this, simply take him to a groomer – it doesn’t cost very much to get his nails trimmed.
When it is time to buy dog food, avoid buying the cheapest brand. It will benefit your dog greatly if he is fed food that is nutritious and high in quality. This may mean that you have to pay a higher price, but you will know your dog is receiving all of the nutrients he needs.
Now you know how to care for your dog. Information is the key to having a happy life with your pet. Keep this article as a handy reference, in case you find yourself wondering what to do again sometime in the future.