Are you planning to adopt a dog from a shelter? Do you want a purebred dog complete with papers, from a breeder? No matter what kind of dog you want, you are sure to be loved. However, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities involved in owning a dog, so use these ideas to get started.
Getting a dog is going to cost you some money. Dogs need good food, medical care and other supplies. This can add up to $500-$1000 a year. One huge expense you might encounter is emergency vet care, so you may want to think about getting health insurance for your pet.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. Your dog could be seriously injured or killed by ingesting a couple of small pills. When your dog happens to get at your meds, call the vet ASAP.
If your dog has to stay outside during cold weather, give him a dog house. If his feet get wet, being exposed to extreme weather can cause health issues and stress. Keep your dog safe from the elements by providing him the dry shelter he needs.
Always correct any bad behavior you see in your dog as soon as you see it. Ignoring it for any length of time will only make it that much more difficult to contain later and you never know what could happen as a result of it now. Be sure to control and contain your dog to prevent problems with people.
Make sure that your dog receives plenty of exercise. Exercise keeps your dog healthy, both physically and mentally. From a walk to chasing a ball, everything counts. In addition to providing much needed exercise, you will develop a lifelong bond with your pup.
Set up a vet check for a new dog. Make the appointment when you buy your dog. Your vet can make health recommendations, make sure that vaccinations are up to date and help with maintenance items like flea care and proper diet. Unwanted puppies are a tragedy, so make sure your dog gets spayed or neutered.
To prevent the hair around a dog’s paws from matting, you should keep it trimmed. Try to comb the hair to straighten it before trimming. If you are not comfortable with this process, it would be a good idea for you to go and get it done by a professional groomer.
If separation anxiety plagues your dog, or you want your dog to feel less lonely, play some music while you are at work. The sounds of the music will provide a sense of security and company for your dog. It might help with any anxiety issues.
Now that you understand the responsibilities of good dog care, you can be confident in bringing your new pet home. Don’t quit trying to learn new tips and advice. Think about joining a dog forum to chat with fellow dog owners. Never stop learning.