When it comes to learning, we never stop. Whether it be new cooking techniques or new driving routes, we’re always picking up new information. When it comes to dogs, there is always something new to learn. This article provides you with today’s top tips that show you all about dogs.
Because dogs cannot speak to you, it is important to learn their non-verbal cues. If it seems as though your dog holds back when around other dogs or people, don’t insist that they interact. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. Look for your dog’s non verbal cues and react accordingly.
When training your puppy or dog, keep the sessions short! Experts say that a dog has the attention span of a small child, sometimes less, and that longer sessions will actually cause him to forget everything you’ve learned together. Use positive reinforcement and limit your training sessions to no more than 15 minutes.
Carefully consider what your home is like when deciding on a breed of dog. If you jog a lot, buy a dog that likes to run, and not something like a toy poodle. Also, if you like to stay at home, find small dogs that prefer sitting on laps and being stroked. When you find the perfect match, you’ll both be happier!
Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas cause infection in your dog, if one is swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms as well. Speak to your veterinarian about the best prevention method, but remember that this is not a one shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.
Your dog has teeth just like you, so it makes sense that he needs proper dental care. Invest in a dog toothbrush and brush his teeth often. Simply allowing the vet to do it at his regular checkups is not enough. You can also purchase treats that are specifically meant to help with your pet’s teeth.
Proper leash walking is something that you should teach to your dog. He should know the “heel” command, stay close to you and not veer far ahead or drag behind. Walking this way will help to keep your pet safe, and it will make it easier for you to enjoy walks too. By having your dog understand this command, it will be very helpful for most situations.
Show the dog that he is loved. As it usually happens, many times owners focus more on bad behavior rather than good ones. If that persists, your dog may begin to act inappropriately to get your attention. Try to ensure that you praise or give affection to your pet at least five times for every instance of reprimand or scolding. Your dog will probably show proper behavior more if this is done.
Some people like to learn by reading, while others like to learn by doing. You need to attempt learning in both ways. The first was reading this article, which you have completed. The second is starting to use the tips to see which work for you and which don’t, so get to it!