The uniqueness of dogs is what makes them so special. Like you or I, each has its own personality, likes and dislikes, and temperament. That said, there is some basic advice which applies to dogs as a whole, and you need this knowledge to care for your dog properly. This article details what you need to know to get started.
Owning a dog is quite a large financial commitment. Not only do you have to buy food, but you have to pay their vet bills and purchase other items that they need. You could spend as much as a thousand dollars in one year on your pet! Emergency vet care is very expensive, in some cases thousands of dollars, so you might want to consider purchasing pet health insurance.
Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.
Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A simple and low-cost countermeasure is freezing a few gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he can curl up and cool off.
Never bring your dog with you while flying during the hot summer months, unless the airline provides a climate-controlled cabin for him. Most of the major carriers use the same area for pets as they do for cargo, meaning your dog will have to endure some pretty high temperatures as you travel to your destination, jeopardizing his safety.
Don’t give table scraps to your dog. Your dog will constantly beg for food when you are eating and will not be hungry when the time to feed it comes. A dog fed on table scraps will be prone to unhealthy weight gain, disruptive digestive problems, and other health issues. Don’t allow your dog to beg at the table while you are eating.
If your dog is still getting used to the grooming process, only work with him or her in short bursts. Groom for about five minutes and then stop and move on to another activity. Eventually, start adding on two or three minutes to your total grooming time until your pet is able to handle a full session.
Teach your dog to be trained, even if you don’t plan on devoting a lot of time to special tricks. A dog needs to understand the basic hierarchy of the home and should be prepared to listen and learn throughout his life. Practice the basics like “sit” and “down” in the beginning and introduce something new every once in a while.
These simple tips for taking good care of your dog apply whether your pup is a terrier or a retriever, old or young, furry or hairless. That is what makes using everything you have learned so important – you know it will apply in your situation! Love your dog daily by doing all you can to be the best owner.