It’s natural that you would love having a dog. Dogs have been great pets for thousands of years. It’s always a great idea to get a dog, but you have to remember that you are also taking on some responsibility when you bring a dog into your house. Here are some ways you can handle those responsibilities.

Look into subsidized health care for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, in cooperation with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or neutered and vaccinated for a fraction of veterinary costs at a sponsored event probably close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your town.

Never bring your dog with you while flying during the hot summer months, unless the airline provides a climate-controlled cabin for him. Most of the major carriers use the same area for pets as they do for cargo, meaning your dog will have to endure some pretty high temperatures as you travel to your destination, jeopardizing his safety.

Train your dog indoors or in the backyard. It’s a bad idea to train a dog in a busy place. They are going to become distracted, and the easiest commands can be tough.

Having fresh and clean water available to your dog at all times is a must. Dogs become dangerously dehydrated in a matter of days, so its very important to always have water ready. Dogs will also appreciate water that is clean. If you find it necessary to drink filtered or bottled water because of the quality of water from your tap, then be sure to provide your dog with the same high quality water.

Try hand signals in conjunction with verbal commands when training your dog. It may be easier for your dog to learn commands if they see a visual signal. Try both ways and see which is best for your dog.

Trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. Once they get to a length where they are curling under, this is likely to cause your dog some pain. Find some good clippers you can use to trim your dog’s nails yourself. If you lack the confidence to do this job on your own, a pet groomer will usually do it at a low cost.

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If there are prescription and other medications within your home, keep them away from your dog. Consuming even a single pill can cause serious health problems or your dog. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.

Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams are extremely important for your dog’s overall health – as with humans, it is important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems or parasites.

Having a dog isn’t all fun and games. You have to give yourself some time to really think about what you’re doing, and to act accordingly. You can use the tips here to help you to know what you need to do. You can always have a happy dog, if you take the time to give it a little thought.…