Do you have a dog that’s proving to be quite a handful? Many people feel that taking care of a dog is just too much to handle. For other dog owners, curbing their pets’ independent streak seems impossible. The information that follows can help you be a responsible pet owner.

Your dog needs an annual physical exam from the vet, just as you need one from your doctor. Because your dog is unable to speak, you may not know for sure when your dog feels sick or has an injury. You need to go to the vet every year to get a check up.

When vacationing with your dog, use the camera on your phone to snap a quick picture. If the worst happens and your pet gets lost, you have a current picture that you can show others or use to make “lost” posters.

When you have to train a dog, your home and/or yard is the right place to do it. Avoid training your dog where many people are present. It will be very distracting for your pup.

Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. While some individuals give their dogs food by following the package, sometimes these guidelines are inappropriate for your dog. Talk to your vet about what is acceptable and what your dog’s particular needs are.

Buy or build a dog house if he is going to be outside for long periods in the winter. If your dog’s feet get wet, then the continued exposure can lead to stress and other health issues. Make sure that your dog has a spacious home that they can go into to get out of the weather.

Nip bad behavior in the bud. If you let it fester it can only make the problem much worse and eventually the dog becomes extremely difficult to train. You need to make sure your dog is happy to keep them in control and so he does not hurt anyone.

Your dog must learn to walk on a leash correctly. They should walk by your side, instead of behind or in front of you, and they must respond to “heel.” This ensures his safety and will make going for walks more enjoyable for you. This will also help to prevent your dog from choking themselves, when trying to pull ahead.

Follow through according to your vet’s suggestions if your dog needs something special or has medicine. He might not want to wear that cone on his neck and head, but it’s there for a real reason! Recommendations that a vet makes are for the good of your pet and if you don’t adhere to these things it could be bad for your pet.

What types of health problems are typical for your dog? If you don’t know the type of dog he is, research it so you will know the type of problems your dog could have. You can also speak with your vet about any precautionary measures you can take to help your dog avoid the problems associated with his breed.

Being a pet owner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Sometimes, a pet feels like your day job. This article puts you in the best position to succeed. You will not worry any longer.