Is your dog a little misbehaved? Has he made a habit of chewing shoes or furniture in your home? Maybe a little behavior training is in order. The following article will help you get your dog trained properly.
It’s very important to make sure that your home is safe for a dog. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. Put cleaning supplies and medications away and keep indoor trash inside a cabinet. Research the toxicity of plants you own, and move or remove anything that might be an issue.
Your dog needs an annual physical exam from the vet, just as you need one from your doctor. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
Your dog speaks to you, but it is through non-verbal cues. Your job is to learn to listen carefully so you understand the message. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation. That could lead to another person or dog being bitten. By reading the body language of your dog, you can ensure that this does not happen.
When it comes to dog flea treatments, you should proceed with caution. Several have cancer causing ingredients, and they can be especially harmful to young children. Speak with your vet to see if there are any alternatives that are healthier choices for your pet and your family.
Choose a dog in that can easily and happily blend into your lifestyle. A good example would be if you are a runner. A dog that can keep up with you while you run would be a good choice. If you are a homebody, a small dog that lounges around a lot is a good fit. Getting the right fit for you will give you both much more joy.
Reward your dog for doing right things, such as sitting while you place it’s food down, with lots of praise and attention. You need to reward good behavior. Your dog is looking for ways to please you, and giving him your praise lets him know he has done just that.
Rawhide bones are the best options for your dog. Real animal bones can chip and pose a danger to your dog’s digestive tract and mouth. Rawhide is a great treat you can use in lieu of real bones.
Buy or build a home for the dog if they need to stay outside when it’s cold. Especially if your dog’s feet get wet, exposure to very cold temperatures for long time periods can cause stress and other health issues. Give him a place that has dry floors and a lot of room.
Do not force your dog to eat things. For instance, don’t force it to eat a treat that it appears to hate. Upon initially bringing a dog into the home, spend some time discovering its likes and dislikes.
You can always choose to foster a dog for a few weeks if you’re not sure about making the full commitment of dog ownership. Many abused and homeless animals are in shelters waiting for adoptions, but there is a lot of overcrowding and many resources are scarce. You can give a hand by fostering a dog without a home and try on the role of dog owner too!
You no longer need to worry about your dog misbehaving. You’re never going to have to sit there and see your dog disobey you and do things like growl at people that walk by. Your dog’s behavior is based on you. Take all that you’ve learned here, and teach your canine how to be a good pet.