Is owning a dog something that you may have considered? Do you already have a dog? If so, you stand to benefit from the tips that follow. The advice here is perfect for new and old dog owners alike.

Your home needs to be ‘dog-proofed’. Prior to bringing your dog into your home, be sure that it is entirely safe. Place any meds or household cleaning supplies out of reach, and place any trash cans in a cabinet. Some house plants are poisonous, so keep them away from your dog’s reach or remove them.

You should have your dog spayed or neutered. Studies show that these operations help your dog live longer and can reduce cancer risks. Not only that, but neutered and spayed dogs feel less need to wander away from home, so they are not as likely to be hit by a vehicle or become lost.

If you are not sure how often you should feed your dog, ask your vet. While some people feed their dogs according to the dog food package guidelines, these guidelines can be incorrect and lead to an overweight dog. The vet will know what is best for your pet.

When you brush your dog every day, you reduce shedding problems and benefit your dog’s health in many ways. Brushing every day will also help give them a gorgeous, glossy coat. When you brush the coat, oils from the skin are distributed throughout, and this is makes the coat soft and silky.

It is important that your dog is equipped with some kind of ID. One way to do this is to always have your dog wear a collar, and ensure that the collar has an identification tag attached. Include all personal information necessary on this tag. You can also opt to have a micro-chip inserted into your dog.

Be proactive politically for your pet dog. Watch local legislation that passes to see how it regulates or restricts the rights and behavior of dog owners. These pieces of legislation are typically motivated by a single incident, one particular breed or a limited number of misbehaved dogs. Get in touch with local officials to let them know about the good behavior of your dog.

If your puppy has an accident, take the time to clean thoroughly. Use a product specifically designed to clean and remove pet odors. If your dog can still smell its waste, it may use the bathroom in that spot repeatedly.

You should check your dog for ticks and fleas every day during the summer months. If you find fleas, use a flea comb. Certain products are geared to eliminate fleas and ticks. Speak with your vet before using anything and ask them what your options are.

Did you understand the above tips? If this isn’t the case, go over the advice in the article one last time. You should know how to make sure your dog is healthy and happy. Use what you learned and have a great relationship with your pup.