Owning a dog comes with some responsibilities. If your dog needs to go potty, he may paw at your door. Your dog might stare at you and look longingly if it needs affection. Sadly, not everything he wants is to easily communicated, so read on to learn more about a dog’s needs.

Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. Dogs are prone to tartar build up and cavities just like people. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. This is completely wrong!

Always, have your dog spayed or neutered. A neutered dog will live longer and have less risks of developing cancer. Also, dogs that are fixed lose their desire to stray from the home, lessening the chance of them getting lost or hurt.

If you take your dog with you on vacation, keep a photo of him on your phone. This allows you to have a photo of him if he gets lost.

If there are prescription and other medications within your home, keep them away from your dog. Swallowing a couple pills could can serious health issues, even heart attacks and seizures. Call your vet as soon as possible if your dog swallows any pills.

When your dog is good, praise him immediately. Always make sure your dog knows when they perform a behavior you wish to see repeated. It teaches the dog that he gets praised when he does what you’d like him to do.

Dedicate enough time to correcting bad behavior right away. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. You need to make sure your dog is happy to keep them in control and so he does not hurt anyone.

Make sure your dog always has trimmed nails. If they start curling under, your dog may experience a lot of pain. It is easy to keep nails trimmed with simple implements available at pet stores. Can’t hack it? Take them to the groomer instead.

If you’re adopting your pet from a shelter, it’s important that you take it to see a vet immediately. Shelter dogs have numerous opportunities to be exposed to harmful bacteria and viruses; these can result in dangerous illnesses. That is why it’s important to have a full checkup and a course of vaccinations before you bring your puppy home.

If your dog is undergoing a course of treatment with medication or therapy, make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions precisely. He may want out of that cone immediately, but he needs to keep wearing it! Your vet recommendations should be taken seriously for the betterment of your dog’s health.

If you have a dog that seems unhappy or lonely, think about getting another dog. Dogs love to be social and hate to be alone. Get dogs of similar energy levels and temperaments for the best results.

It is best to train your dog entirely by yourself. Everybody does things differently, and a dog can be confused by having several commanders. Have one person train and make everyone else do exactly the same commands during the day.

Body Language

You may be able to tell what your pet needs just by studying their body language. However, now that you’ve read this, you can understand that dogs are deeper than just body language. Your dog will be happier now that you’ve learned so much!