Dogs require much more than some food and a few pats on the head. Your dog needs love and care all day. What steps must one take to keep their dog happy? The advice here runs the gamut of dog needs, so read on.

It’s very important to make sure that your home is safe for a dog. It should be perfectly safe before you bring a dog in. Hide medications and chemicals, cover your trash, and put food where he can’t get to it. Many common types of house plants can be toxic, so it pays to eliminate or move them.

You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. It can be difficult to know what could be causing your dog pain since they cant talk to you. Taking your dog for a yearly checkup allows relatively minor problems to be detected before they turn into major issues.

If you are going to taking your dog on vacation, take a pic of him on your phone. This way, should he get lost, you have a picture you can show others. You can also use the picture to hand our “lost” flyers.

It can be really helpful to incorporate hand signals with verbal commands when first training your dog. Your dog might learn commands more easily using this approach. Every pet is different though, so use a combination of both verbal and visual cues and then determine what works the best.

Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. Puppies can’t eat adult food and vice versa. Be careful about which foods you feed your dog.

If your dog displays a good behavior, praise it or reward it with a treat. By rewarding your pup when it does the right thing, you’ll be teaching it to do these behaviors more often. Your dog will quickly understand that the praise is connected to a certain action.

Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. The cheaper brands actually contain a lot of preservatives, additives and other ingredients that can compromise your dog’s health. Find an advocacy group that can provide you with a list of vet recommended foods. Your dog can really benefit from better food.

Provide your dog with rawhide to chew on rather than actual meat bones. Real bones can chip and become lodged in harmful place such as the digestive tract. Rawhide is much safer and also cleans teeth.

Giving your dog a good brush every day will definitely do more than lower their amount of shedding. Brushing every day can also help your dog to have a shiny and beautiful coat. The brushing motion encourages distribution of the skin’s oil, leaving the coat healthy, soft and glossy.

Take your new dog to the vet. Once the dog arrive home, place a call to the vet and schedule that appointment. Your vet will provide a full check up and establish vaccination dates. Talk with a vet about your dog being spayed or neutered. There are lots of homeless dogs and you don’t want to make the problem worse.

Properly teach your dog how to walk with a leash. He should be on your side, not behind or ahead of you, and he should know how to respond when told to “heel.” That way, your dog is safe and the walks are better for you as well. This command will be very useful if you walk your dog while keeping the leash very loose.

When giving your dog medication or special treatment, follow vet instructions closely. Dogs may resist wearing cones, but they are there for good reason. Your vet makes recommendations that will help your dog be happy and healthy, so you should follow your vet’s advice.

Make sure your dog comes back to you by ensuring that they have some form of identification. Keep identification on your dog’s collar. Include your dog’s name and information on how to contact you. It is also possible to get your dog micro-chipped.

Check your dog for ticks and fleas daily once it gets warmer outside. Comb your dog with a good flea comb to eradicate fleas. Fleas or ticks can be destroyed through numerous products on the market. Speak with your vet before using anything and ask them what your options are.

The more you know about dogs, the more enjoyable your relationship with your pet will be. You will have a loyal companion for life when you treat your dog right. If you were in his position, wouldn’t you like your owner to invest time into learning about you?