When a dog is feeling hungry, he might scratch on the food bowl. When a dog needs to relieve himself, he might scratch on a door. When a dog want attention, they may stare at you with yearning, sad puppy eyes. Unfortunately, your pet won't be able to express all its desires easily. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of what a dog needs.
Hugs are good, but kisses should be avoided. Dog kisses are very unsanitary. Dogs love to dig in garbage, get into the toilet, and then they lick their butts, yuck! Your dog's mouth is not really any cleaner than a human's mouth. This is not true, at all!
Beware of flea treatments for your dog. They contain carcinogens proven to cause cancer in kids. Bring up the subject of alternative and family-friendly treatments the next time you see your vet, and always be sure to apply these treatments when no children are present.
Do not feed your dog "people food". This will only teach him to beg constantly and also inhibit his appetite toward his regular food. Scraps can be terrible for his diet and lead to obesity and other health problems. Insist that your dog wait away from the table during family meals to avoid temptation on his part - and yours.
Correct bad behavior the first time you see it from your dog. If you ignore an unwanted behavior, it is as puppies pictures good as reinforcing it. It will become very difficult to correct the more time passes. Your dog might hurt someone else, or you, so take steps to control him early on.
When buying your dog's food, do not get the cheap stuff. It is vital to give your dog the best quality food. Although you may have to spend more money, you will ensure your dog's diet is as healthy as possible.
There are many ways to show your dog how cherished he is. As with most things, owners tend to focus more on the bad behavior instead of the good. If you focus on the negatives, they will not maximize their potential. On a ratio of five:one, seek out the positive things your dog does and reward him accordingly. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.
Tag your dog with proper identification to make sure that you can bring him home if he is lost. Keep identification on your dog's collar. Include all personal information necessary on this tag. You can also have your dog micro-chipped.
If your dog has to listen to many people, he may end up confused. Be sure that each person working with the dog uses the same commands and responses. You should have one person take charge of the training procedure, and then ask everyone else to follow their lead once the dog has learned a few simple commands. This allows for consistency that is least likely to confuse your pet.
Given the close ties between humans and dogs, it is not surprising that many people seem to have the ability to read dogs' facial expressions accurately. However, now that you've read this, you can understand that dogs are deeper than just body language. Your dog is going to love you because of that.