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Be Patient with Your Dog
You can bet that your dog will offer you plenty of love and loyalty. This is primarily what he will want from you in return. It is important that you show patience when working with your dog. If he exhibits behaviors that you are having trouble controlling, contact your veterinarian or animal shelter for guidance.
Your dog needs to stay physically fit to stay healthy. It will be up to you to see that he gets sufficient exercise. Finding plenty of time to play with your dog, combined with a daily walk or two, should give your canine companion the level of physical activity that he needs. If you are in doubt about how much exercise your dog needs, talk to your veterinarian about what is appropriate.
You wouldn’t think to refrain from training a child in appropriate behavior; your dog needs the same loving care from you. One of the best ways to learn how to train your dog by utilizing positive methods is through a training class. Not only will you learn how to properly control your pet, but you and your dog can enjoy the bonding experience. You also have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and their owners.
A conscientious dog owner will make sure their pet has a nutritious diet every day. A veterinarian can recommend the right balance of food for your dog; they can also advise you on appropriate portions. Your dog needs to have fresh water readily available 24/7.
Spay and Neuter
By spaying or neutering your pet, you do more than just helping to control animal overpopulation. Dogs that are “fixed” tend to live longer and healthier lives, and have fewer behavioral problems (such as biting). Spaying or neutering pets should be one of your first steps on the road to responsible pet ownership.
Regular Vet Checkups
Just as people need regular checkups to stay healthy, your dog needs an annual visit to the veterinarian for a thorough examination. If you don’t have a veterinarian yet, plenty of resources can help you find a good one. Ask the local animal shelter or check in with a friend who has a dog. A regular relationship with a vet is key to maintaining your pet’s good health.
Spend Time With Your Dog
Dogs are social creatures that like to be with their families, which is why it is important for your dog to spend time indoors with you. While a fenced yard and dog house are both good ideas for your pet, they cannot replace the companionship of people. Give your dog a pleasant outdoor space, but don’t leave him out there alone for long periods of time.
Use a Leash
Whenever you take your dog outside the confines of the house or yard, use a leash. No matter how well-trained your pet might be, you cannot guarantee that you will be able to control your dog under all circumstances. Some breeds, like Siberian Huskies, are bred to run, and will do so at the first opportunity. Keeping your dog on a leash is best for you, your dog, and your community.
Know Dog Rules and Regulations in Your Area
Talk to your veterinarian or local animal shelter about the rules and regulations governing pet ownership in your area. Know the type of licensing and vaccinations required to keep your pet up to date on health essentials.
Get a Dog ID Tag
Every pet should always wear a collar that sports an identification tag with your name, telephone number, and address. Dogs can sometimes get out of their houses or yards, and may need a little help getting back home. If your dog has some sort of identification, it will greatly increase the chances of a safe return.
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