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Keep Your Pooch Happy With These Dog Care Tips.

Do you want to own a dog? Do you know what it takes to truly care for your dog in the best way possible? If you think you know it all, but want to learn more, or if you're a novice, this article provides a ton of up-to-date information about owning a dog, so read on.

If you have a smaller breed dog, make sure everyone who touches him knows the proper way to hold him. Small dogs can be easily injured by inappropriate handling and many owners find this out the hard way. Gently lift at the belly from under his front legs and secure him with both hands.

If you are looking to get a dog but do not know where to look, turn to your local ASPCA or animal shelter. Getting a dog from one of these establishments is ideal because not only are they in need of a good home, but they have probably also been well taken care of. Most dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and checked for illnesses at these places.

Before you adopt a dog, determine the space your dog will have access to. Do not hesitate to keep your dog out of certain rooms if you have valuables in them or some brand new carpeting. Prepare the space your dog will be occupying by removing wires your dog might be tempted to chew.

Make sure that you watch your dog around children that they do not know. Kids, especially little ones can sometimes be a little rough with dogs. If you are not around and keeping an eye on things, an accident can easily happen. This is why it is important to always supervise your dog around young kids.

Never punish your dog for being curious about a new baby. Instead, allow your dog to investigate the smells and sights that come with a baby at a safe distance. If the dog is made to feel like the baby has infringed on his home, the very worst is far more likely to happen.

If you're on a tight budget at home, think carefully before getting a dog. They actually cost hundreds of dollars annually, but many people don't realize this until they've actually forked over the money. Depending on the size and regular maintenance requirements of your new dog, you could be getting in way over your head and forced to part with him later so make sure beforehand.

Your dog needs a stimulating environment if it is going to live a long and healthy life. Providing him or her with one is not really that hard. Simply make sure you take your dog for walks each day, and purchase a few toys that you and your pet can play with together.

You may be tempted to use your favorite hair shampoo on your dog, but this should not be done. Human shampoo can cause dog skin to dry out. Instead, find a quality shampoo that is made for dogs. When you bath your dog, make sure to rinse all of the residue out of his fur.

Dogs love people food, but that doesn't mean it is good for them. Many foods, such as chocolate, onions or garlic, aren't good for dogs and can cause stomach upset or poisoning. Check out lists online to find out which foods are okay and which are big no-nos to feed dogs.

It is essential that you get your dog vaccinated. Vaccinations will protect your dog from different types of illness and diseases. Most vaccinations are done at your dogs yearly check-up. Your vet can explain what each vaccination is for. The rabies vaccine is required by law in many different states.

If you breed your dog, do so responsibly. The AKC advises all owners of pure-bred dogs to make an effort to advance the breed and discard all other motivations, such as money or experimentation. Consider the repercussions of your actions before allowing your dog to mate and create a litter of puppies.

If you want to take good care of your dog joint, you need to learn to think like a dog. Does your pet seem distressed? Think about what you might want if you were a dog. Is your pet having trouble sleeping? Consider where you'd want to sleep if you'd been born with a tail. Taking your pet's needs into account can make it easy to solve any problem.

To ensure that your dog is safe, you should try to make your home as dog-proof as possibly. This includes making sure that only safe play toys are within your dogs reach. If you have a problem with your dog getting into your kitchen trash or the things on your counter, you could consider getting a baby gate to prevent your pup from entering the kitchen.

In order to properly train your dog, be sure that your timing is accurate. This is important both with rewarding and punishing the dog. It is not able to link an action with a reward or punishment unless it happens during or right afterward. It is also important that your dog is clear on which action your are rewarding or punishing. For instance, if a dog defecates in your house and you yell at it - it may think that you are mad that it defecated, not that it did it on your nice carpet.

Take your dog to the vet regularly. This may seem like an added expense that you don't need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarian, he can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of health. This of course prevents problems down the road.

If you purchase a crate to keep your dog in when you aren't there or are sleeping, make sure that you properly train your dog with the crate. You don't just want to stick your pup in there and then leave. Your dog may feel nervous and have anxiety. It's important to teach your dog that being in the crate is okay.

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.

There are so many amazing aspects of being a dog owner, and you should be able to appreciate all of them. With these suggestions, you'll be equipped to handle any kind of issue that your dog might throw your way. Keep this advice in mind, and enjoy your wonderful pet.