When you are trying to find a dog, you may imagine a sweet dog that sleeps right next to you and happily tags along all day. The dog you get may be far from this ideal vision. No matter which dog you end up with, you now have to learn how to care for your pup.

Hugs are great, but steer clear of kisses. Dog kisses are adorable, but your dog’s mouth is really dirty. He probably doesn’t mind eating dirt, enjoys drinking water from the toilet if he can get at it, and tries in vain to clean himself with his tongue. Many people say that dogs have cleaner mouths than people. It certainly isn’t the truth.

Just as you need to keep up with your annual doctor’s appointment, your dog needs to see his vet annually too. Even the best dog owner will find it difficult or impossible …