Dogs and people have lived together for many millennia. The relationship seems reciprocal, with both dogs and humans benefiting from the arrangement. You, as the person, are responsible for making sure the dog is taken care of well. Following are some tips that will help you make sure your dog is healthy and happy.

Having a dog at your home is a big financial commitment. Dogs require quality food, medical care, and general supplies that can vary in costs. Also, should an emergency arise, this can cost thousands so you might consider pet health insurance.

Avoid kisses and stick with hugs. Dog kisses are very unsanitary. Remember that dogs use their tongues to clean themselves, and they like to eat garbage and drink out of the toilet. Some believe the mouth of a dog is even cleaner than our own. This statement is most definitely not true.

Be sure your dog is neutered or spayed. This helps reduce the probability of cancer and extends the life of your dog. Dogs who have been neutered or spayed are also less likely to run or wander away from home.

When vacationing with your dog, use the camera on your phone to snap a quick picture. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.

Associate some hand signals to verbal commands when training your dog. Dogs tend to respond better with these additional types of signals instead of always relying on voice commands. Give both methods a shot, and see what your pet prefers.

Consult with your vet about the types of foods that are good for your dog. A puppy’s stomach may not be able to handle particular foods, which may cause stomach issues. Never give your dog any food you are not sure of.

If you get your dog from the pound, make sure you have a vet check him out right away. Dogs that live in shelters may be sick or may have been around other sick dogs. A full check-up, a clean bill of health, and a full complement of the necessary shots is the best way to start off your relationship with your dog.

Is is your job to care for your dog in your dog/owner relationship. When you are aware of what to do, the job becomes easier. This piece will be of help. Just use the things you’ve learned here on a daily basis and you will have a happier pet.

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