Are you thinking about getting a dog as a pet? Do you already have one? If any of these apply to you, keep reading. The advice you find here can make your experience a good one for both you and your pet.
Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.
If you are planning to take your dog on an extended car-ride, talk to your vet about motion sickness medication first. Avoid feeding him before setting out to prevent queasiness and vomiting and make sure you buy him bottled water if you are traveling to any destination that is known to have issues with water quality.
If a dog does something correctly like sitting before you leash them, give them lots of praise and affection. After all, your goal is for your dog to know when it is doing something good. In this way, your dog will learn that desired behavior brings praise.
If you are thinking about adopting a dog, try taking a couple of weeks off work so you can spend some time with your puppy and teach it a few good habits. Training your puppy and helping it get used to its new environment will be much easier if you are home.
Did you take time to learn the information that you read. If not, reread these tips again. You should know how to make sure your dog is healthy and happy. These tips should be applied daily to have a great relationship with your pup.