Some say a dog owns you, you do not own a dog. Once you have a pup in your household, you are likely to agree. That said, your responsibilities in caring for the dog will be great. Read on to find out what you need to know about caring for your dog correctly.

If you are looking for a great family pet, but are on a budget, consider rescuing an animal.You can get one at a local shelter for minimal costs and the dog will come with a clean bill of health and all his shots. If you are interested in a specific breed, contact a rescue group specializing in only those pooches.

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.

If you notice your dog gets dry skin in the winter, you probably need to brush him or her more often. Doing so will get rid of old fur and help get their oil glands working properly. Try brushing once in the morning and once in the evening to see if it makes a difference for your pet.

Your lifestyle should be a determining factor in the breed of dog that you choose. If you love to run, seek out a pooch that will love to run alongside you. When you prefer to stay home, choose a small dog who doesn’t need much outdoor time. Avoid a mismatch if you want both of you to be happy.

Not everyone is good at training dogs, so quit trying if you see things are not going as well as planned. Instead of beating yourself up about it, get in touch with a trainer in your area. Since they have more experience with dogs, it may be much easier for them to train yours.

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Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Take the time to tour your home with an eye for safety before you introduce your dog to your home. Make sure all of the medicine is put away and the cleaning supplies are up and safe. Make sure no toxic plants are in the vicinity of your dogs.

Be careful with your dog around Christmas season, many dangers are lurking just under the festive ambiance. For instance, electrical chords are typically strewn about during the holidays, and dogs often chew them, creating an electrical hazard. Dogs may be tempted to eat the decorations on the tree. They may also be tempted by the tree water, which can be toxic.

Since you do own your dog, it is your responsibility to care for him the right way. You have taken the time to read this article, so you must also take the time to implement its advice. As you start to do the things you have learned here, you will find things become easier for both you and your dog.