You cannot take owning a dog lightly. You have to make sure you raise a happy and healthy dog. If you know how to find a balance with your canine, make sure you learn by reading ahead.
Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. Dog kisses are very unsanitary. Keep in mind that dogs drink from toilet bowls and eat whatever is on the ground. Many people believe that the human mouth has more germs than that of a dog – this isn’t true. It certainly isn’t the truth.
Just as you need an annual physical exam, dogs do as well. Since dogs cannot talk, it’s difficult to know if your dog is in pain. Regular checkups will help you find these issues prior to them becoming a serious problem.
You should have your dog spayed or neutered. Statistically speaking, dogs who are “fixed” live longer lives and are less prone to cancer. In addition, dogs that are spayed or neutered do not have as strong of a desire to wander from their home, meaning that they are less likely to get lost or hit by a car.
If you’re on any kind of medication, even if it’s over-the-counter, you need to keep it away from your dog. If your dog has access to these pills, there can be fatal consequences. If this does happen, call your vet immediately.
Training your dog should be done in your yard or inside your home. Don’t train in a park. There are too many distractions there.
This information is all yours, so use it to get started right away. Make sure you change your ways to make your dog happy and you will be happy. You owe it to your dog to provide him with the best life possible.