When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Have you carefully read the above advice? If you haven’t, try taking some time to reread them. It will be a relief to know what to do if a problem arises. Use the tips on a daily basis to improve your relationship with your pet, as well as how you care for him.
Never allow your dog to ride in a car unsecured. Sitting on your lap or in the front seat is dangerous both to him and your ability to drive. Always place him in an appropriately sized pet carrier or invest in a pet seat belt that will keep him snug and safe in the middle of the back seat. If you want to get a pet from a shelter, find a vet who can examine your new dog. A shelter is often a haven for kennel cough and other diseases. That is why it’s important to have a full checkup and a course of vaccinations before you bring your puppy home. Keep in mind that some behavioral problems in your dog could be connected to health issues, especially if your dog is displaying a new behavior. Your dog might become aggressive when you touch it because of a pain and it might have a hard time with house-training because of an infection. Don’t be hasty when deciding if you will get a dog or not. Falling in love with a puppy is easy, but there is more to taking care of a dog than that. Think about finances, time commitment and your current household situation before making a decision. Brushing your dog’s teeth is important, but it is not easy. If your dog is resisting, once a day simply lift their lips and use your finger to rub their teeth lightly. Do it quickly at first, and then begin to draw out the time you spend performing this action. This will help them get use to the process. After that, you can begin using an actual brush and toothpaste.
Your dog can not tell you what is wrong, so just listen to his body language. If it seems as though your dog holds back when around other dogs or people, don’t insist that they interact. This might lead to a bite to another dog or even to a person. 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.
Dogs are emotional creatures. That said, reading this article will give you a greater understanding of the body language of your dog. Your new knowledge will certainly make for a happy dog.
You should not just use your dog’s cold, wet nose as a barometer of its health. Even a sick dog can have a cold, wet nose. Instead, monitor your dog’s health through energy levels, demeanor, and appetite. You will be able to learn a lot about how your dog might be feeling. You can also check the temperature rectally.
Refrain from making the training sessions with your dogs too long. Extended sessions can make a dog tire out and become bored easily when you are trying to teach them new things. Limit your training sessions to 20-30 minutes, as this will help to keep the full attention of your dog. If your dog behaves badly, correct the behavior immediately. If you ignore an unwanted behavior, it is as good as reinforcing it. It will become very difficult to correct the more time passes. Bad behaviors that are left uncontrolled can result in human injuries to you, your child, your friend or your neighbor. This is why it’s important to nip them in the bud immediately!
When you are trying to teach your dog new tricks, you should always be patient. Different dogs will learn things differently. If your dog isn’t picking up a new trick right away, give him time. You could also try changing your teaching method. Your dog may respond better to a different approach.