Dogs are wonderful pets. They’re reliable, loyal, and often very loving to their owners. Many people, over time, begin to see their dog as another member of their family. Therefore, it is important that you care for your pet in the best way possible to ensure that they live a healthy, happy, and productive life.
Travelling with a pet
If you’re planning to take your dog on an extended car ride, talk to your vet about motion sickness medication first. Avoid feeding him or her before setting out to prevent queasiness and vomiting to make sure you buy them bottled water if you’re traveling to any destination that is known to have issues with water quality. Having fresh and clean water available to your dog at all times is a must. Dogs become dangerously dehydrated in a matter of days, so it’s very important to always have water ready.
Dogs will also appreciate water that is clean. If you have a filter for your water available that you frequently use, do the same for your pet. You know that if they could, they would do the same for you. It may seem like a very minor change or contributor, but that small difference will keep them healthy and happy.
Providing safety for the dog
Always make sure to keep any prescription medications away from your dog. The same holds true for over-the-counter meds. Dogs can have negative side effects from even small amounts of medications intended for humans. You should contact your vet right away if your dog swallows any medication on accident.
Commonly, they will try to snatch or take things they are not supposed to. You have to be strict with this behavior early on to avoid any hardships later on. The best you can do is give them a good set of training boundaries before progressing forward with anything else.
Training your dog
When you begin training your pup, start in your yard or home. It’s a bad idea to train a dog in a busy place. This will make it more difficult for your dog to pay attention.
Also, it will allow you to not have to force behavior rewards. This goes for treats and anything you may use as an incentive for performing well with new tricks and training behaviors. Since it’s quieter and you can maintain their attention more easily, overwhelming them with treats and instruction will work much more effectively and efficiently.
Although their personalities don’t shift a great deal by breed, some of the health conditions and behaviors vary a great deal. You need to be aware of your pet’s health condition. If you keep your dog out and go on quality walks consistently, that will keep up with the pet’s exercise. Quality food and supplements will be necessary as well.
Dogs and the people they belong to often develop a very special bond. You owe it to your pet to do everything you can to make sure they are safe and happy while they are in your care.