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What Every Dog Owner Should Know About Their Pets

Do you want a canine companion? Do you understand what you will
be responsible once you take possession of your dog? There are
many responsibilities which come with dog
ownership, and they start the first time
you bring your puppy home. This article will show you the ropes and get you ready for your new best friend.

You need to trim your dog's nails regularly.
Avoid cutting too much or you could cause bleeding.
If you can see a black line inside the dog's nails,
stay away from it. It is best to take your dog to the vet
or to a professional groomer if you are not sure how
you should cut your dog's nails.

Do not give in to the temptation to get a puppy without knowing how to take care of it properly.
Educate yourself about the needs of the breed
you are considering before actually visiting
a breeder or a pet store. Some breeds are
happy to live in a limited space, but others need room to run.

It is best to establish a schedule for your dog.
Feed it two or three times a day and go for walks at fixed
hours. Following a schedule will prevent you from
forgetting a meal or a walk. Your dog will eventually get used to this schedule and you will not have to
worry about accidents.

You should talk to your veterinarian about microchip IDs.
Your contact information can easily be stored inside a microchip and most veterinarians or shelters own a
scanner they can use to scan the microchip. This will
greatly increase your chances of getting your dog back in case it gets lost.

When you make the decision to get a dog, it is important that you have the proper type of fence
in your yard. Of course, the size of the fence you need
depends on the kind of dog you will be getting.

The bigger the breed, the higher the fence should be.

When walking your dog, always walk in front. This is a way to show
him that you are the alpha dog and that it is his job to follow you around.
That sets the ground rules and ensures he goes wherever you want him to go, never pulling you ahead.

The better the food you feed, the better your dog will be
in many ways. His poop will not smell as bad, there will be less of it and it will be more solid.

Also, he will be healthier and likely happier too. Feed a
high quality dog food for great results.

While you should always have water available for your dog, the same cannot be said of food.
Dogs who have their food bowl full all the time will tend to
become overweight as they cannot judge how much they have eaten. Feed your dog two or three times
a day instead.

Does your dog chew a lot? This could be a sign that your dog is bored or anxious.
You need to provide your dog with some toys that can be chewed and
perhaps leave a shirt with your smell near your dog to avoid separation anxiety, especially if your dog is
very young.

If you're considering introducing trick commands to your dog, make
sure that you have first covered all of the basic commands, such as sit, lay
down, stay, and come. Although trick commands are fun and
entertaining, having a well mannered dog is more beneficial.
Having a dog "stay" when asked will be more fulfilling than having
a dog "play dead."

When you have a dog, make sure that you give him enough water.
Water should be made available to your dog at all times of the day,
particularly in the summertime. Put his water bowl somewhere where
no one will trip over it, otherwise you'll be cleaning your floors all day!

Although some dogs do well on the recommended amount
of food to be given each day, some dogs need more or less.
Instead of just going by what your food says to feed your dog, try to keep
an eye on your dog's body. If you notice that your dog
is gaining a bit of weight, cut the food intake back a bit.

Before you have your dog fitted with a microchip, be sure and check the database
of the company that will store his information. Not all of them are created equal and you want to know that you'll get a fast response
if your dog is lost. Look for a large database that connects to shelters
and vets near you.

Research a particular breed of dog you may be interested in before bringing
him home. Lots of people make the mistake of falling in love with a type of dog, then find out later that the animal isn't really for
them. Chihuahuas, for example, are a trendy type, but very difficult
to fully potty train, especially in colder climates!

Not everyone is good at training dogs, so quit trying if you
see things are not going as well as planned. Instead of beating yourself up about it, get in touch with a trainer in your area.
Since they have more experience with dogs, it may be much easier for them
to train yours.

Pay attention to your dog's breath. Dogs will always have "dog breath,"?
however, really bad breath is a sign that they need a dental check up.
Plaque buildup caused by bacteria could be the culprit and that will need to be treated by a
professional. After their treatments, you will need to brush their
gums and teeth and feed them food that helps maintain good dental health.

After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of what is involved in owning a dog.
If you already own a dog, you can make use of this information to take
better care of it. If you are thinking about getting a dog, this article can help you
make up your mind.

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