Make sure your home is dog-proof. Before bringing home your new pup, make sure that it's safe. Make sure chemicals, medications and any garbage is out of reach of the dog. Some plants can be lethal, so move them out of your dog’s reach.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. Your dog’s mouth is fairly dirty at any given time. Keep in mind that dogs drink from toilet bowls and eat whatever is on the ground. It’s a folk tale that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Since dogs cannot talk, you need to learn your dog’s cues. If you notice the dog being hesitant in a new situation, don’t force your dog to socialize if it doesn’t want to. This may cause another dog or person to get bit. Keep eye on non-verbal clues and look toward your dog for your next move.
If your dog is coming along on a family vacation, keep a picture of him handy or take one using your phone. If he is ever separated from you, it will be easy to show people what he looks like or print out flyers with a recent picture showing that you are looking for him.
Use hand signals when training your dog along with verbal commands. Using hand gestures can help your dog to recognize commands quicker. Not every dog will learn the same, so try different techniques with your dog.
If you choose to adopt a pet, take him or her to the veterinarian as soon as possible. You need to find out if they picked anything up at the shelter. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.
It should be easy to care for your dog with the advice found above. All that it takes is some patience and love. You’ll know that your dog appreciates it by the way it acts. Keep educating yourself to discover more ways to improve your dog’s life and make your time together more enjoyable.