Owning a dog isn’t easy. Dogs are like children, where they need proper food, exercise, cleaning and grooming and to visit a physician. There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming. Continue reading and learn more about being a responsible pet owner.
Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. A neutered dog will live longer and have less risks of developing cancer. It also keeps dogs from humping, running away from home or becoming violent at puberty.
Keep your dog on leash any time he leaves your fenced yard, regardless of his gentle nature and good behavior. He can be scared away by some wild animal, or an unforeseen provocation with another dog can result in an unpleasant situation. You are responsible for anything your dog does, as well as for his safety.
Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. While there are those that feed their dog whatever it says on the package, this may not be good for your dog and can make it overweight. Ask your vet for the proper amount based on your dog’s needs.
When you first notice behavior problems in your dog, take proper steps to correct the behavior. You should never ignore bad behaviors when they are puppies because this will make it a lot harder to correct down the road. If your dog is not under control, he could end up hurting you or someone else.
Now that you know what to do, you can use these ideas every day as you care for and play with your dog. This information provides a good foundation for dog ownership that you can build on in years to come. As long as you use what you have learned, your dog will thank you for your efforts with love and affection.