The First 30 Days With Your New Dog

Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years. Humans and dogs are great companions for each other. It is your job as the owner to make sure you take great care of your dog. Following are some tips that will help you make sure your dog is healthy and happy.

TIP! Train your dog in your backyard or home, as these are safe, convenient areas. Don’t train them in any areas full of people.

Avoid kisses and stick with hugs. While those sloppy kisses may be cute, be aware that your dog’s mouth is apt to be crawling with germs and bacteria. Dogs go through garbage cans, toilet bowls, and love smelling and licking specific body parts of some other dogs. Many people believe that dogs’ mouths do not have as much germs as humans’ mouths. It simply is not true.

Make sure you are informed of what flea treatments you are using for your dog. Many have ingredients that may put kids at risk for various cancers over 1000 times what the EPA may consider to be safe. Discuss family-friendly alternative flea treatments with your vet. Be sure to store all flea treatments out of the reach of children.

TIP! Your lifestyle should be a determining factor in the breed of dog that you choose. Do not buy a dog that is lazy if you are very active.

Consult with your vet about the types of foods that are good for your dog. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa. Be cautious about what types of foods you feed your dog.

Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. A dog needs to play and exercise on a regular basis so that it can be happy and healthy. Whether you decide to take the dog for a walk or if you’re just playing fetch, it will benefit both of you. Exercise is a great way to bond with your pet.

TIP! Giving your dog a good brush every day will definitely do more than lower their amount of shedding. Daily brushing helps the coat to stay beautiful and shiny.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, but aren’t sure you want to make the commitment, try serving as a foster home. Shelters are full of animals who need a loving home, and there’s not room to hold all of them. Fostering dogs will give them a wonderful home – who knows, maybe you will decide to be a fulltime dog owner!

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TIP! Keep your dog�s nails trimmed. If the dog’s nails curl under, your dog might be in pain.

Your dog should not be left alone outside all day. While this is what many people do, dogs require socialization with people and/or other animals. If your dog is alone outside, it will quickly get lonely. Keep in mind that your dog can also get sick if the weather is too cold or humid.

Keep the fur around your pup’s paws trimmed so that it does not get matted. First comb the hair, then give it a trim. If you’re too scared, take him to the groomer instead.

TIP! Instruct your dog clearly about how to walk with a leash. He should stay by your side, not in front of or behind you, and respond to the command “heel”.

Always follow any instructions from the vet carefully, especially if your dog requires medication or other special attention. There’s a reason dogs have to endure uncomfortable situations like a cone-collar! Your veterinarian only has your dog’s best interests at heart, and if you don’t listen, you may inadvertently cause your dog harm.

When seeking pure bred dogs, you shouldn’t automatically rule out pounds. Pets are abandoned due to a variety of circumstances, so you might be lucky enough to find one at the pound. Call the pound to see what breeds they’ve got. You can save the life of an abandoned dog this way.

TIP! If you want to get yourself a new dog, but aren’t totally sold on the idea, you could try to get a foster pet. Dogs who have been abused or left without a home stay in shelters until someone adopts them.

If your dog gets anxious and lonely when you leave, put some music on before you head out. The noise will keep him company and make him feel a little more secure. Doing this might help your dog get past its anxiety while it awaits your return.

Your dog needs plenty of affection. A lot of owners focus on correcting bad behaviors rather than displaying affection for their dog. This could lead to trouble down the line. Rather, stroke, praise and pet your dog at least three to four times more than you scold or speak sternly to him. He’ll behave better more often this way.

TIP! Certain dog breeds are prone to particular health issues, so find out what is typical for the type of dog you have. Research the breed of your dog and take steps to ensure he does not get any infections or diseases.

If you have a dog that doesn’t look like it’s very happy because it’s always alone, think about getting your dog a friend. Dogs naturally travel in packs and like to have fellow canines around. Make sure that you match the dogs up by their personality types.

You need to take good care of all your dog’s needs. If you have the right information, this duty becomes easier to carry out. That is where the information you have just read comes in. Use the suggested tips and put them into practice with your new dog.