When you are doubting your dog ownership skills, you may feel very alone. There are many other dog owners out there who feel exactly the same! Mistakes are made, and we can learn from each other through those situations. Here are some simple tips on being a better owner for your dog.
While hugging your dog will make both of you feel great, refrain from kissing him. 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 saying that the dog’s mouth is much cleaner than a human’s is folklore. This is simply false.
Groom your dog regularly. A dog requires constant grooming to keep his coat in tip top condition. Make sure that your dog is completely relaxed before you start the grooming session; this is especially important if he is excitable. Keep the session quite short (5 to 10 minutes at most) until he is comfortable with the idea of being groomed. Most importantly – be sure to praise him and offer a treat after a successful grooming session!
If your puppy or dog is constantly chewing up your furniture, invest in some chew-toys. Scatter them around the floor, especially around the legs of the sofa and end-tables. Be enthusiastic about your offers to play with the chewies with your dog to encourage frequent use. This should eventually deter him from chomping your furniture.
Always be prepared to pick up after your dog with a scoop and bag. Although most people think that this is simply a polite thing to do so that others don’t step in it, your dog’s excrement is actually hazardous!
It contains a bacterium that can contaminate local supplies when it washes through to ground water.
Pet-proof your home before bringing a dog into it, just as you would for a crawling toddler. You need to move anything toxic to a higher shelf and consider the danger that plants may pose if nibbled by your dog. Remember that anti-freeze is deadly and that leaving things like pennies or crayons on floors can pose a choking hazard to curious pups.
Rawhide treats are better for your dog than real meat bones. Real bones can chip and become lodged in harmful place such as the digestive tract. Rawhide is great for oral health, so don’t give Rover any of your T-bone, regardless of how much you know he wants it.
If you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. Shelter dogs may have come into contact with viruses or may be ill already. It’s smart to ensure your dog has all shots necessary before you take him home.
Hold on, take some deep breathes and tomorrow will be better than today. Use the advice you have read here and allow it to give you ideas of your own. There is nothing like loving a dog, and while the job of caring for them is hard, it is worth every second.