More Sound Advice For Dog Owners
We already know that we all get great companionship and loyalty from our Dogs. So it is important for you to know exactly how to take care of your dog so you can see it grow up confident, happy, healthy and alert.
So, begin now and read on for some invaluable tips on Dog Care.
Should you Neuter or Spay your dogs? Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. Also, dogs that get fixed won’t feel the need to search for a bitch when she is in season and that may mean that they won’t be having unwanted puppies or even getting hit by a vehicle as they run into the roadway.
Another reason for people having their charges seen to, is to reduce their excitable temperaments and to calm a dog down. But I know people who have and have not had this done and there is little evidence to support this.
Training is essential. Training your dog should be done in isolation and away from distractions, for example in your yard or your home. You do not want to train your dog around other dogs or people. Your dog could become distracted and will prove impossible to teach.
Make use of hand signals when training your dog as well as verbal commands. Your dog might learn commands more easily using this approach. You can also try each method to see what is working for your dog.
Don’t be cheap. Never settle for the cheaper dog food. Quite often you will find the cheaper brands of dog food contains more artificial coloring, additives, preservatives which can be bad for your dog. Try using animal advocacy groups or alternative consumer awareness forums to get a list of established dog foods that have high professional recommendations. Your dog will always look his best and be thankful for having better quality dog food.
Avoid Bones. Instead of giving your dog bones from the butcher, give him rawhide. Bones can chip and sharp fragments can cause your dog serious injury. Rawhide has been proven to be far healthier for your dog and it is excellent for his teeth as well.
Eating. Dogs only eats when they are hungry, so there is no need to force food and treats on to him. If you offer him a treat which he doesn’t seem to like, don’t force him. It may initially take a few weeks but you will soon establish what your dog prefers to eat and what he leaves, they are only like ourselves in this respect and you know only too well what foods you dislike!
Physical Exercise is good. Always ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Regular exercise is essential for his health and mental wellbeing. It is also his play time as well as keeping him in good shape so find some safe open ground and let him run. He may even find some other dogs to run, play fight and boxing which most dogs enjoy. Dogs will soon sort out whose boss or even if they want to be alone just as in the wilderness. Even if you only have time for a short walk on the leash to allow him to toilet etc, he needs this regularly and he will soon become accustomed to going at this time and he will soon remind you in one way or another.
Mental Stimulation. All dogs need some form of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. So, while you are out on walks chase him and teach him to throw and retrieve sticks or balls, this gives him some interest as well as building a strong bond with you.
Micro Chipping and Tagging. Always have your dog tagged with a micro-chip and have a name tag attached to his collar stating that he has been chipped. Owning a dog has a lot of benefits, and it can be the basis of a great friendship. The best thing any prospective or current dog owner can do is spend some time studying up on the needs and care requirements of canines. The above advice can be used for times to come.