Are you considering adopting a homeless pup from the shelter? Are you interested in getting a purebred dog directly from a breeder? Whether you wish to have a loveable old mutt or a show dog, you’ll have lots of love in your life by getting a pup. However, you need to be prepared for the responsibilities involved in owning a dog, so use these ideas to get started.
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.
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.
Never allow your dog to be alone with small children, no matter how much you trust his temperament. Many little kids have been attacked by family dogs who have otherwise never demonstrated a tendency towards violence. Sleeping dogs may be woken by a toddler and react negatively or some other offense is committed against the animal that sets him off.
Avoid impersonating a medical professional when it comes to your dog’s health. In an attempt to save money, many people try to diagnose their pet’s conditions or use human treatments on various elements and that can be very dangerous to the animal. If you can’t afford full vet care, tell that to the doctor and ask their advice anyway or if they could arrange a payment plan for you.
You have the information you need to properly care for your new dog now, so get ready to show your dog its new home. Keep learning because there is always new and fresh information out there concerning care for your dog. There are many forums that are great for dog owners. Learning takes a lifetime, so don’t stop!