Even More Tips for Raising a Dog
First, let’s dispel a myth concerning dog ownership. You don’t own your dog – you co-exist together. Now that this concept is out of the way, of course you want to know what it takes to truly care for your dog in the best way possible.
There is no shortage of articles and blog posts on the web touting the “very best” way to raise a dog, but this article actually provides a ton of up-to-date information about properly taking care of your precious pooch.
- Brushing your dog’s teeth is important, but it is not easy. If your dog is resisting, once a day simply lift their lips and use your finger to rub their teeth lightly. Do it quickly at first, and then begin to draw out the time you spend performing this action. This will help them get use to the process. After that, you can begin using an actual brush and toothpaste.
- House-training your dog will be much easier if you adopt a routine. You should go for walks regularly throughout the day and come home during your lunch break if necessary. If your dog has to be home alone for long hours, do not leave a bowl full of water unless it is very hot.
- You should carefully trim the hair near the paws to avoid matted hair. Prior to trimming the hair, make sure the hair is straight by using a comb. If you’re too scared, take him to the groomer instead.
- Respect your pet. When out on a walk, do not force your dog to interact with other people or animals if he does not want to. There is a reason why your dog may not want to get too close, and it is important that you listen to him. If you try and make him interact, your dog may begin to act out over time.
- Never leave your dog home alone for more than a few hours each day. For example, if you are planning on being away from home for a few days, you should find a dog boarding facility where they can get regular care. Dogs can become anxious when left alone for extended times, so consider their feelings and Google “dog boarding near me” to find a great local provider.
- It is essential that you get your dog vaccinated. Vaccinations will protect your dog from different types of illness and diseases. Most vaccinations are done at your dog’s yearly check-up. Your vet can explain what each vaccination is for. The rabies vaccine is required by law in many different states.
- Be clear with your pet during training. The word “no” does not explain anything to your dog, other than that you are unhappy with something. Instead, explain which behavior you do want to see. For example, if your dog jumps on the furniture, tell him to get down instead of just saying the word no.
- Although some dogs do well on the recommended amount of food to be given each day, some dogs need more or less. Instead of just going by what your food says to feed your dog, try to keep an eye on your dog’s body. If you notice that your dog is gaining a bit of weight, cut the food intake back a bit.