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Many Helpful Hints About Dogs You Need

Many people think that raising a dog is a hard task to do.
It's not that hard, especially if you have any idea of what to do.
All you need is knowledge of dogs to guide you.
Luckily the following article contains a set of tips that can assit you in the dog raising
process.

When preparing to groom your pet, start the session off on the right foot by helping
your dog relax. Spend a few minutes simply petting him, starting with the
head and then rubbing the back, paws, belly and even tail.

Once you feel your dog is happy and content, begin grooming him.

If you are planning to take your dog on an extended car-ride, talk to
your vet about motion sickness medication first.
Avoid feeding him before setting out to prevent queasiness and
vomiting and make sure you buy him bottled water if you
are traveling to any destination that is known to have issues with water quality.

When choosing a dog for your home, don't forget
to estimate the size it will be as a full grown adult.
This is especially true if you have small children at home.
Although a small puppy will be cute, it may grow into a
large, one hundred pound dog. Do some research on the average adult size of the
breeds you are considering.

If you have tried everything to get your dog to stop
digging your garden to no avail, head to your kitchen. Mix up a batch of cayenne pepper (five
tablespoons), hot sauce (also five tablespoons) and a quart of water in a spray bottle and spray
it where he digs. It should discourage him quickly.

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.

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, try taking a couple of weeks off work
so you can spend some time with your puppy and teach it a few good habits.

Training your puppy and helping it get used to its new environment will
be much easier if you are home.

Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams
are extremely important for your dog's overall health - as with humans, it is
important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure
that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems
or parasites.

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!

If you are a very enthusiastic owner of a pure-bred dog, join your local AKC.
They are an active social group where you can share your
love for your dog, learn a lot and make new friends too.
The experience can also help prepare you and your dog for entering
contests and winning shows!

The best way to reward your dog when you get home from a walk is to give him a meal.
That teaches him that he has to behave on his walk to be fed, and you can be sure that he will be
on his best behavior when he understands the consequences!

Never leave your dog home alone for more than a few hours
each day. gifts for pet owners example,
if you are planning on being away from home for
a few days, you should find a place to house them
where they can get regular care. Dogs can become anxious
when left alone for extended times, so consider their feelings and provide them with the care
that they need.

Always make sure your dog has fresh water available.

Water is essential for the health of a dog. He can easily
become dehydrated without it or look for unsafe water sources,
such as puddles or contaminated ponds. Making sure your dog always has water is an easy way
to keep him happy and safe.

If your dog is going to outside on a chain or lead during the day, make sure
that you set up the chain spot safely. You want to use an area that your dog won't be able
to reach anything that could harm them. You should also be aware of anything that your pups collar
could get stuck on.

Never give your dog away for free, no matter how desperate you might
feel to get rid of it quickly. Even if you can not care for the animal, it is still
your responsibility to be sure that it will have a good life
to come. Instead, take the time to investigate the person that you will
give it to and charge a re-homing fee to ensure that
they are serious about caring for the animal.

To protect your dog in the event he is lost or stolen, have a microchip surgically implanted by your vet.
These handy chips store data that can be retrieved by a
shelter or animal officer and used to contact you. They are painless to put in and offer peace of mind for the pet lover!

If your dog is prone to getting burs in his coat, keep a can of Crisco in your
kitchen cupboard. Next time you notice a bur, put gloves on to protect yourself and
work the Crisco around until you can pry the
bur out. Give him a nice shampoo to get the shortening out later.

If your dog is normally relaxed and calm, but has become aggressive recently,
it may be a sign of an underlying mental or medical issue.
Make an appointment for your dog to be seen by a professional.

Make sure you follow all of the instructions that are given to you.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes make for amazing pets, and
a great owner takes the time to learn all about their care.
You have done just that, so use the tips you have read here
to get down to business. A few simple changes or lessons can really make your dog the happiest he can be.