Caring For Your Dog: Pet Care (Paperback)
Dogs have spent thousands of years as domesticated animals. The bonding of dog and man has been mutually satisfying on many levels. However, humans like you have the responsibility of taking care of your pets. Here are several tips that will help you keep your dog healthy. Do not feed your dog from the table. Feeding it from the table only reinforces begging. The dog will also be less likely to eat its normal food. Overfeeding him will lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, too. Make your dog leave the room if he begins to beg, or train him to spend mealtimes in another room entirely. Train your dog in your backyard or home, as these are safe, convenient areas. Training in busy areas with lots of people around should be avoided. It will be very distracting for your pup. Ask your vet about which foods he can eat. Sometimes, your puppy may not be developed enough to consume certain brands, as this can lead to an upset stomach or sicknesses. Always be cautious when you're thinking of feeding your dog. Whenever your dog performs a good action, such as sitting or staying, give it praise and rewards. Make your pet understand you are pleased with the behavior and expect to see it again. In this way, your dog will learn that desired behavior brings praise. Speak to your vet about your dog's eating habits. While some people feed them according to the dog food package guidelines, these guidelines can be incorrect and lead to an overweight dog. Speak with your vet and work out an appropriate eating plan for your dog. When you get a new dog, it is best that you schedule a check-up at the vet right away. Make a vet appointment right after the dog comes home. The vet is going to check over your pet to see if everything is okay, as well as set it up to get vaccinations it may need. Consider having your pup spayed or neutered as there is already an overpopulation problem. If you've been considering adopting a dog but still aren't sure, you could try to become a foster owner first. Dogs who have been abused or left without a home stay in shelters until someone adopts them. Since there are so many dogs in shelters, there are little resources. Fostering a dog will both help the cause and allow you to test drive the responsibility involved with pet ownership. Avoid matting on your dog's paws by keeping the hair on them trimmed. You should use a comb to straighten out the hair a bit before trying to trim it. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, take your pet to a groomer. Get into pet politics Be on the lookout for any new laws that may be passed which could restrict your rights as a dog owner. Sometimes, a small number of bad dogs get more publicity than a large number of good dogs. Be sure to voice your concerns in regards to dogs and dog owners by staying in touch with local officials. As a dog owner, you need to repay your dog's affection with responsible, reliable care. Now that you know what to do, you should be prepared to do it. Start using these tips to make your dog happier and healthier. With Thanks To Nicole.