Would you like to rescue a puppy from the local pound? Or do you prefer to get a dog from a dog breeder? Whether you want a show dog or a loving old mutt, bringing a dog into your life will supply you with hours of love. This is a big responsibility, keep reading to find out what you can do.
It is important to puppy-proof your home. Don’t take a dog into your home without being sure that it is safe from top to bottom. All cleaning supplies and medications should be moved out of reach of your dog. You should also find a way of securing your trash somewhere that your dog cannot get to, such as in a cabinet. Keep house plants out of his reach, especially if they could be poisonous.
It’s good to give hugs, but avoid giving kisses. A dog has a very filthy mouth. Dogs are always getting into garbage, drink from places like the toilet, and they clean their bodies with their tongues. It is an old wives’ tale that dogs have cleaner months than humans. However, this simply is not the case.
Look into the flea treatments. Several have cancer causing ingredients, and they can be especially harmful to young children. Ask your vet for recommendations. Be sure to keep children away while you’re applying any flea treatment.
Think about your life and then find a dog breed that will fit in well with your habits. If you jog a lot, buy a dog that likes to run, and not something like a toy poodle. When you prefer to stay home, choose a small dog who doesn’t need much outdoor time. You will be much happier when you make a choice that is complementary to your lifestyle.
You now know what it takes to care for your dog as best as possible, so you are ready to bring your new mutt or purebred home! Don’t stop your research here, as dog ownership details are updated frequently online. Try joining forums to talk about your friend with other dog owners. Do not ever stop teaching your dog.