Are you considering adopting a homeless pup from the shelter? Are you interested in getting a purebred dog directly from a breeder? No matter your reasoning for getting a dog, your life will be changed by the love of your dog. However, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities involved in owning a dog, so use these ideas to get started.
Obviously, dogs are unable to sleep. Therefore, you have to pay attention to your canine’s non-verbal cues. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation. This may cause another dog or person to get bit. Keep an eye out for your dog’s hints, and do what he needs you to do.
Avoid giving your dog scraps from your table. This will make your dog beg all of the time and also will make it not want to eat its regular food as much. In fact, a steady supply of scraps may encourage your dog to gain unhealthy amounts of weight and set off serious digestive problems. Resist the temptation and only give dog food to your pup.
Ask your vet the amount of food your dog needs daily. While some individuals give their dogs food by following the package, sometimes these guidelines are inappropriate for your dog. Check with you vet to find out about the feeding guidelines for your particular dog.
Avoid buying your dog bargain-based food. Many of the cheapest brands contain additives, preservatives and other things that can compromise the health of your dog. Find an advocacy group that can provide you with a list of vet recommended foods. Higher quality dog food will offer your dog many health benefits.
Schedule a visit for your new dog with your local veterinarian. This is one of the first things you should do. Your vet can make health recommendations, make sure that vaccinations are up to date and help with maintenance items like flea care and proper diet. Consider having your pup spayed or neutered as there is already an overpopulation problem.
Now you should know what goes into caring for your pet as best you can so now you should be able to bring a new pet home! Keep learning because there is always new and fresh information out there concerning care for your dog. Learning about your dog is a lifelong venture. Don’t stop learning; you can learn forever!