When you are trying to find a dog, you may imagine a sweet dog that sleeps right next to you and happily tags along all day. You may get something quite different. Even so, you are now responsible for caring for the dog, so learn the ropes from the article that follows.
While it’s great to show your dog affection, you shouldn’t kiss them. Dog kisses are very unsanitary. They eat garbage or poop and even sniff other dog’s butts. It is not true that a dog has a cleaner mouth than a person. This is not true, at all!
Just as you need an annual physical exam, dogs do as well. Since dogs cannot talk, it’s difficult to know if your dog is in pain. An annual checkup can help catch such issues before they become a major problem.
Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. If when meeting a new dog or person you find your dog is filled with dread, remove him from the situation. This may cause a human or the other canine to get bit. Always be on the look out for non-verbal hints. If you see them, allow your dog to guide you in the next action you will take.
Associate some hand signals to verbal commands when training your dog. Signals like these help your dog learn things quickly. Give both methods a try, and see for yourself which your dog responds best to.
It is important to use your lifestyle as a guide to what breed of furry friend you should get. For example, if you’re a jogger, get a type of dog that can run with you, not a toy-poodle. Also, if you like to stay at home, find small dogs that prefer sitting on laps and being stroked. Don’t get a dog that you don’t fit in with if you can avoid that.
You’d be silly to ignore all of the great advice provided. Use whatever you’ve learned and apply it and you should have the dog that you’ve always dreamed of owning. A happy dog is one who loves you unconditionally, so make it so.