Dogs are amazing creatures. They provide us with companionship, loyalty and unconditional love.
As a dog owner, it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your furry friend healthy and happy.
Unfortunately, many dog owners make common mistakes that can lead to behavioral issues, health problems, and other issues.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common mistakes dog owners make and how to avoid them.
Stay safe! And don’t forget to give your pup a big hug for me! 🙂
#1 Not Learning More about Dog Breed Before Getting One
Each breed has unique breed-specific characteristics. You shouldn’t pick the dog just because you like the way it looks!
Ensure you understand the specific needs for training, nutrition, socialization of your future dog so you can commit to fulfilling the needs and growing a happy dog!
For example, if you spend a lot of time out and you pick a dog who doesn’t like being alone, the dog will get very unhappy!
Also, if you already have pets, research who the new dog will get along with those pets, and ensure you are capable of taking care of multiple pets.
#2 Not Taking care of Your Dog’s Teeth
You are taking good care of your teeth, so why would you skip the dental hygiene of your doggo?
No, an awful dog’s breath isn’t a normal thing for a furry pet, it is a disease called halitosis.
Halitosis starts as a tartar buildup in the mouth and can lead to tooth loss and other diseases.
Dog’s dental hygiene depends entirely on your commitment. Frequent teeth brushing is a must, but you can also use dental care products for dogs.
Also, commit to a regular veterinary dental cleaning. If you have a good tooth brushing routine for your dog, he won’t need dental cleaning frequently, maybe once every five years.
But, if you don’t have a satisfactory dental care routine, your dog will have to go to veterinary dental cleaning once a year if you want to prevent diseases.
#3 Not Sticking to The Rules
One day you forbid your dog to go into the bedroom, and the next day you let him come and cuddle with you before sleeping?
Maybe you don’t let your dog jump on the guests, but you allow him to do so with your best friend?
The inconsistency confuses the dog and makes rule-following much more difficult.
When you get a new dog, come up with a set of behavior rules and stick to the rules. If you live with more family members, everyone must stick to the set rules.
#4 Skipping Socialization
Some dog owners are very protective of their furry friends, and they don’t let them play with other dogs because of the risk of disease-transmission.
But, dogs seek socialization and interaction with other humans and animals, so keeping them away from everyone can lead to behavior issues.
The unsocialized dog can become aggressive and develop anxiety issues.
Early socialization is the key to a happy dog!
#5 Taking Obedience Lessons When The Dog Already Has Bad Habits
It is always better to take several obedience classes with a pro who will teach you how to train your dog obedience at an early age.
These classes should be a preventative tool you’ll use to shape your dog’s behavior and stop the dog from developing bad habits.
Some dog owners take the lessons once they notice excessive aggressiveness, food picking, evident disobedience, and other issues.
You can correct some bad habits later in age, but it is in the dog’s and your best interest to start with these lessons as early as possible.
So there you have it, the five most common mistakes dog owners make.
By avoiding these simple errors, you’ll be on your way to a better relationship with your furry friend.