A dog scratching at an empty dish may want you to feed it. Dogs who need to eliminate will often scratch at the door. When dogs are looking for love, they might even gaze into your eyes. You can't always so easily tell what is needed, so keep reading for tips on how to learn the ropes.
Be wary about certain flea treatments to use for your dog. Several have cancer causing ingredients, and they can be especially harmful to young children. Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for use around small kids.
Never lose your temper or punish your dog if you find that they did something wrong. Negative reinforcement will simply make your dog scared, which will make it difficult for you to train them. Use positive reinforcement at all times to get your dog to cooperate when teaching him new things.
Always have your dog on a leash when he's off your property. Wild animals could get the dog's attention and lead him into dangerous places, or unanticipated circumstances could provoke conflicts with others. Your dog's safety and behavior are your responsibility.
Some people think that it is necessary to bath a dog often. The truth is that unless your dog gets into something to get dirty, they only need bathed once every two to four months. Bathing more often could strip their skin of the oils they need for a healthy coat and skin.
Don't assume your toy-sized dog's bite isn't dangerous, just because he's little. A lot of owners brush-off training, thinking that the smaller breed dog can get away with a little bad behavior and this isn't true. As a responsible canine master, you've got to make certain your dog does not pose a threat to anyone by having him well trained.
Keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy with regular brushing. Most canines don't mind you brushing their teeth, provided you introduce them to the process slowly and gently. Use a specially designed dog brush, along with other products made just for him. Remember to provide him with toys and biscuits that will also clean and protect his teeth.
If you're trying to break one of your dog's unwanted habits, make sure that you understand that it will not happen overnight. Breaking a habit takes time and patience. Don't get discouraged and give up if it seems like your pup isn't making progress. Keep at it and maybe try changing your approach to the training. Sometimes this can be the boost that your dog needs.
When you own a dog, you typically understand the general costs of ownership, such as food, vet visits, and grooming. A generally overlooked cost is emergency situations. Although it may not happen frequently, you should have a bit of money set aside for any emergency that may arise. It's better to be prepared for an emergency vet visit than to wonder how you are going to pay for it.
Have your pet checked out by your vet on a regular basis. An annual check-up should include blood tests and any needed booster shots. When you own a puppy, you may need to see a vet more often. It is also important to visit a vet immediately after seeing signs of injury or illness.
If your dog accidentally goes to the bathroom inside, remove every trace of it. Use a cleaner that is professional strength, and follow up with an odor remover. If your dog can still smell the spot, he may go to the bathroom there again.
For thousands of years, dogs have been man's best friend. That is why it is easy to look into their eyes and figure out what they need. Now that you understand dogs a little better, you understand what they need. This is something that your pet will appreciate.