Dogs can be such a joy to have in your life. They are great companions, exercise partners and security systems. However, with all the goodness they bring to life, they can also bring problems.
When bringing home a new puppy, people often don’t think about how much time and money is involved with raising a dog. New puppies are so cute and cuddly that people don’t take a moment to consider the cost of the shots, vet visits, flea and heartworm prevention, and also the time it will take to housebreak them. The costs for a small dog are much less than that for a large dog. Medicines are often given on the weight of the dog, so the smaller the dog, the less the cost. On the other hand, large breed puppies are normally easier to house-train. So make sure to consider these things before bringing your new friend home.
As the puppy grows into an adult, other problems can arise. For instance, some people have problems with their dogs eating feces. Why do dogs eat poop? There can be several reasons and many of them lead to nutritional problems or lack of attention or exercise. Another problem with adult dogs is separation anxiety leading to destructive behavior. To curb this problem, be sure to give your dog plenty of attention and exercise when you are home. There are also aromatherapy pet products that may work to calm your dog while you are away. If the dog is in danger of causing injury to himself, putting him in a pet crate while you are away is the best solution.
To help your dog become the best he can be, try to enroll him (and you) in a training class. Training your dog can alleviate most of the common behavior problems that dog owners face. Using shock collars for dogs is one of the things that people use to train their dog. However, before using a shock collar, make sure you know how to use it properly. Another way to train your dog is by using positive reinforcement like giving a treat or praise when your dog does the correct thing. Whichever road you choose, be sure to start some kind of training early in your puppy’s life so that problems can be avoided as they grow into adults.