If you want a dog, or even if you already have one, you should know that taking care of a dog is hard work. It isn’t something you can do uneducated. Review the information below to learn how to take great care of your dogs.

Make your home dog-proof. This should be done before the dog shows up at your home. Medicine and cleaners should be stored, and indoor trash should be placed in a cabinet. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.

You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.

If you take your dog with you on vacation, keep a photo of him on your phone. That way, if he happens to get separated from the family, you have an up-to-date picture of him that is easily accessible for showing people or can be downloaded for printing up “lost” flyers.

It doesn’t matter how good your dog is, you should never leave your property without keeping him or her leashed. A wild animal may get his attention and cause him to run off, or he may have a bad situation with others and their dogs. You will be to blame if your dog gets hurt for being off his leash.

When training your dog, use hand gestures along with the verbal commands. Your dog can figure out things easier when they get these signals. Find out the way that your dog prefers and use it.

Ask your vet what kinds of foods you should feed to your dog and what to stay away from. Some foods can cause sickness or an upset stomach. Choose dog food adapted to the age of your puppy and use common sense when determining which foods are healthy for your dog.

Avoid the bargain brands of pet food. Cheaper brands usually contain lots of additives and preservatives that can harm your dog’s health. Professional associations and dog advocacy groups may offer lists of the highest quality foods available. Higher quality dog food will offer your dog many health benefits.

Rawhide treats are better for your dog than real meat bones. Bones can chip and hurt your dog if sharp fragments are ingested. In contrast, rawhide has health benefits for your pet.

Take time and correct bad behavior when you first see it. If you delay too long, the behavior will get harder and harder to correct. Also, the dog may end up hurting someone, perhaps even you.

Pure Bred Dogs

When seeking pure bred dogs, you shouldn’t automatically rule out pounds. There are often pure bred dogs at shelters and rescues, and they are desperately in need of homes. Call the shelter to find out which dogs they have available. You could get the dog you are looking for and save a life in the process.

If you have a lone dog think about getting another if he is feeling lonely. Dogs love to be social and hate to be alone. Find another dog that has the same energy levels and temperament and you’ll be sure to find something your dog will love!

With the assistance of the advice you’ve just received, you should be better equipped to care for a dog properly. Remember to love your pet and act calmly and patiently for a happy existence. Learn as much as you can, and enjoy the time you spend with your companion!