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.
Make sure your dog has a comfortable time while eating. Older dogs can have trouble bending down to eat food or drink water from a bowl that’s placed on the floor. An eating table offers a solution by raising the food and water to a level where the dog can access it without using its joints.
Brush your dog’s teeth every week. Use a child’s toothbrush that is soft, some nylon pantyhose over your finger, or a gauze pad. Don’t use regular toothpaste. Instead, try using a baking soda and water paste or toothpaste made for dogs. Clean their teeth one to two times a week.
The most important factor in training a dog is consistency. You have to always use the same verbiage and tone so he knows what he is being told. If you say “good dog” all day long, he won’t get the point. Use specific words said a specific way to be the most communicative.
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.
Keep your eyes out for poisonous mushrooms when you are walking with your dog during the spring and fall seasons. If you, like most people, are not sure of the differences between a poisonous or edible mushroom, do not let your dogs eat any of the mushrooms thar routside.
Use an olive oil spray to keep your dog’s dish sparkling clean. Particularly if you feed him canned food, it can quickly cake-up and dry on the inside of the bowl, making it hard to wash later. As a bonus, the olive oil will help to keep his coat shiny too.
Nothing happens overnight, so don’t set unrealistic goals with your dog training. It will take time for your dog to pick up the right habits, so continue to persevere. The more effort you put into it, the faster he’ll get the point, so repeat your training over and over again.
Your dog needs healthy teeth and you should brush them regularly. This helps to prevent dental problems and gum disease, but also prevents other illnesses. Infections in the mouth can spread to other areas of the dog’s body, like the kidneys and the heart. Pet stores sell special toothpaste for dogs.
The knowledge you have gained from reading this article in full will prepare you to bring your dog to your home once and for all. Once you have everything you need and your home is puppy proofed, go and find yourself a best friend. You’ll give them the life they deserve and provide yourself with endless hours of love.