Dog 101: Important Facts About Dog Care
Even if you don’t have a dog yet, you likely know what a big responsibility dog ownership is. This is not something you can just jump into with no information. Read on to learn a few excellent tips on great dog care.
Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. In theory, giving a dog a kiss is cute, but realize that the mouth of a dog is generally very dirty. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. It’s an old wives’ tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. It simply is not true.
Try not to buy low quality food for your dog. Cheap dog food contains lots of preservatives and additives that your dog doesn’t need. Try using animal advocacy groups or consumer awareness to get a list of great dog foods that have high professional recommendations. Your dog will thank you for feeding him a better food.
Brushing your pup daily can do much more than reduce shedding in your home. It’ll also give them a very beautiful and shiny coat. When you brush the coat, oils from the skin are distributed throughout, and this is makes the coat soft and silky.
It’s important to make sure that your pup’s nails stay trimmed. If the dog’s nails curl under, your dog might be in pain. Simply purchase a pair of clippers from the 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.
If you have your heart set on a purebred dog, realize that the city pound may be somewhere to look. Many pet owners abandon their dogs at the pound when they no longer want to, or are able to, keep them. Just give a quick call to your local humane society to see what breeds they may have available. You may get to save a canine’s life if you do this!
Let your dog feel the love that you have for him. It’s typical that dog owners will pay much more attention to bad behavior than good behavior. If you focus on the negatives, they will not maximize their potential. Remember to praise and be affectionate with your dog more frequently than you discipline him. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.
Properly caring for your dog should be easier now that you know more on this topic. You just need some patience and love in order to have a happy, appreciative dog. Make sure you continue to keep your knowledge levels up-to-date about how to care for your dog.