Are you ready to change a dog’s life? Whether you already own one or are planning to adopt one, the time is now to learn how to take really good care of them. This article details a bunch of great ideas, some you may never have thought of before, relating to dogs, so read on.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. A well-trained dog should understand both, though many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands. When close up, only use the hand signals, although try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range.
Hugs are good, but kisses should be avoided. Realize that the mouth of a dog is generally very dirty, although in theory, giving a dog a kiss is cute. Remember that dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, and they like to eat drink and garbage out of the toilet. It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. It simply is not true.
Be wary of the flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. A lot of them have chemicals that might be bad for kids! If there are other options for your dog, talk to the vet to determine.
Never allow your dog to be alone with small children, no matter how much you trust his temperament. Many little kids have been attacked by family dogs who have otherwise never demonstrated a tendency towards violence. Sleeping dogs may be woken by a toddler and react negatively or some other offense is committed against the animal that sets him off.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, he or she may eventually come in contact with a skunk. If he gets sprayed, mix together one teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, a fourth a cup of baking soda and a quart of hydrogen peroxide solution (but make sure it is no more than three percent). Apply the mixture to your dog’s coat and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash your dog off well afterward.
Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams are extremely important for your dog’s overall health – as with humans, it is important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems or parasites.
If you don’t plan on devoting a lot of time to special tricks, teach your dog to be trained, even. A dog needs to understand the basic hierarchy of the home and should be prepared to listen and learn throughout his life. Once in a while practice the basics like “sit” and “down” in the introduce and beginning something new every.
When choosing a dog for your home, don’t forget to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult. If you have small children at home, this is especially true. Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the breeds you are considering.
If your dog is a digger, make sure to protect him and your garden. Some plants are poisonous to dogs, not to mention the damage those paws can do to your prized flowers and produce. Put up an appropriately sized fence to keep him out or consider using an electric one.
Now are you really ready to care for your dog in the best way possible? You should be, as long as you endeavor to use what you have learned! Take your new knowledge and put it to use and you’ll see changes right before your eyes. Enjoy your dog and love them to bits!