When you're picking a new dog, you may be searching for the perfect, loving pooch. What actually happens could be completely different. No matter what the situation, you need to be a good pet owner, and the following paragraphs will help you do just that.
While you can hug your dog, you should avoid kissing your dog. Kisses from dogs are adorable, but they're a lot less cute when you realize how filthy your dog's mouth actually is. After all, dogs eat out of the garbage, drink from toilet bowls, and lick all over their body. It's an old wives' tale that a dog has a very clean mouth. It is not necessarily true.
Go on and hug your dog, but do not kiss him. It is unsanitary to be licked by a dog. Dogs root around in garbage pails, drink enthusiastically from the toilet bowl and love to lick and smell certain body parts of other dogs. It is an old wives' tale that dogs have cleaner months than humans. That tidbit of information is plain wrong.
If your dog comes with you on vacations, you need to have an up-to-date picture of it on hand and in 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.
You won't just stop your dog from shedding on your carpet if you brush him on a daily basis. Brushing your pup daily will help make their coat shiny. When you brush fur, you're also spreading around the oils that help keep your pet's coat looking shiny and healthy.
Trim your dog's nails on a regular basis. When they start curling under, the dog runs the risk of experiencing pain. Try trimming them with scissors you buy at the store. Can't hack it? Take them to the groomer instead.
Don't make you dog eat something they don't want to eat. If you purchase a treat your dog doesn't appear to like, just try another brand rather than making him eat. Keep an eye on your dog's likes and dislikes.
If you choose to adopt a pet, take him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. You need to find out if they picked anything up at the shelter. That is why it's important to have a full checkup and a course of vaccinations before you bring your puppy home.
If your dog seems lonely because you're not home all the time, get him a little friend. Dogs love to be social and hate to be alone. Make sure that you match the dogs up by their personality types.
You may need to trim hair that grows near the dog's paws to help keep it from matting. Try to comb the hair to straighten it before trimming. Go to a professional groomer if you have a hard time doing this yourself.
You can easily have a well cared for pet. You don't have to have your home destroyed anymore. Your dog's behavior is based on you.