You cannot take owning a dog lightly. You must check to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy. In order to have a happy, and healthy, dog, you’ll need to learn all that you can.

Hug your dog, but don’t kiss him. In theory, giving a dog a kiss is cute, but realize that the mouth of a dog is generally very dirty. Dogs are always getting into garbage, drink from places like the toilet, and they clean their bodies with their tongues. It is not true that a dog has a cleaner mouth than a person. This statement is most definitely not true.

Whenever you bring your dog along on vacations, take a quick snapshot of him and keep it on your phone. This ensures that, should he get lost, you have a current photo, ready for showing around or being used in flyers.

Always make sure to keep any prescription medications away from your dog. The same holds true for over-the-counter meds. If your dog has access to these pills, there can be fatal consequences. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.

Your vet can give you some good advice on what you should feed your dog. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. Err on the side of caution when feeding food to your dog.

If you have an outdoor pet, build a shelter for him or buy one that is ready to use. If his feet are wet, extreme temperatures can be stressful and bad for his health. Keep your dog safe from the elements by providing shelter.

Keep the nails on your dog trimmed. If you neglect your dog’s nails, they will be in discomfort. You can trim them yourself with a pair of store bought clippers. If you lack the confidence to attempt this, take the dog to a professional groomer.

Should you visit a shelter to adopt a dog, take the animal to the vet as soon as possible. You never know what condition the dog might be in. Have your dog checked over and given vaccinations as soon as possible.

If you are looking for dog of a particular breed, don’t discount your local pound. Many pet owners abandon their dogs at the pound when they no longer want to, or are able to, keep them. Simply call the area pound to determine which breeds are available. You may save a poor dog’s life if you do this.

Playing music in your home when you leave for your job may help your dog with separation anxiety. The sounds will help your pet feel safer and will make it feel like it’s not alone. When it comes to treating your pet’s anxiety, a little music could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Always make sure that your dog is wearing some sort of identification on their collar. Purchase a dog tag so your dog has identification. On the tag, make sure to include your pet’s name and your phone number. You can also have your dog micro-chipped.

When it comes to your dog, you need to be aware of the laws in your area. Legislation aimed at dog owners is proposed every now and then, and you need to know if this affects you. It often results from one bad breed or bad dog. Talk to responsible pet owners all around you by contacting your local officials.

You should remember the quote about too many cooks spoiling the soup while trying to train your dog. Everyone will have a different way of trying to teach the dog something, and that can make things confusing for the animal. One person should be in charge, and everyone else needs to reinforce everything this person teaches the dog.

The things you have learned here should help you get things to where they need to be. Change habits to accommodate the dog and get more out of your efforts. There’s no reason to have a dog if you aren’t going to give them a good life, so use the things you’ve read to your advantage!