Looking after a dog is one of the biggest privileges in life Dogs are beautiful, amazing creatures that give much more you take and reward you with bundles of love and loyalty. It is only fair, then that you do the same by taking the best possible care of them.
Part of taking good care of dogs is preventing them from doing the many things that could cause them harm and ensuring that they know where their boundaries are.
No dog owner is perfect, and you probably will make some mistakes when it comes to bringing up your pooch, and most of the time those mistakes will be small and forgivable, but there are some big mistakes that can be made too – those are the ones that you want to avoid!
With that in mind, here are some things you should never ever let your dog do/ do to your dog if you want them to be your safe, happy best friend for many years to come:
Stay in the Car Alone
You should never ever let your dog stay in the car alone. A lot of dog owners think that as long as it isn;’t hot and they leave the window open a crack, their dogs will be fine, but even if they aren’t at risk of overheating and dying (and that is possible at cooler temperatures than you might think), they could be stolen. It’s much better to leave your dog safe at home than to bring him along if you know he’s going to have to stay in the car at some point in your outing.
Praising Negative Actions
There are more dog owners than you might think who give their dog affection whether they have done something good like obeying a command or something bad like ignoring instructions. This sends a clear message that it doesn’t matter what the dog does, you will love them all the same, and they will be rewarded. Of course, you will love your dog no matter what, but you shouldn’t reward them no matter what or they will start to rule the roost, and you’ll find it exceedingly difficult to control and train them. Since well-trained dogs tend to be safer, happier and easier to deal with, this is the last thing you’ll want.
Play in Long Grass Unprotected
Dogs love running about in the great outdoors, and many of them are particularly drawn to long grass and woody areas. This is not a problem in itself, but lurking in long grass and woodland are ticks, fleas and other nasties that could make your pooch’s life a misery. That’s why you should never let your dog lose in the great outdoors without first applying PetAction to protect him from ticks and fleas, especially in the spring and summer. Even when they are protected, you should periodically check your dog’s body for any signs of infestation just in case.
Feed Them Too Much
We love our dogs, and our dogs love food, so it can be all too easy to feed them a few too many treats, some scraps off your plate and a little more food than the recommended amount but this is a really bad idea. Your dog will get fat, and he could contract diabetes, heart problems and a whole host of other health issues. So, be sure to weigh out his food and treat him with healthy treats when he’s done something to earn one.
Neglect His Teeth
So many dog owners spend so much time and effort looking after their dog’s physical and emotional needs, without giving their teeth a second thought. This is unfortunate because, like us, adult dogs only get one set of teeth and they need to last them their whole life. If you want your dog to avoid the pains of tooth decay, loss and infections, brush their teeth, feed them teeth cleaning treats and have their teeth checked out by a vet annually.
Wear an Inappropriate Collar
Many dog owners think that a dog collar is a dog collar and as long as it safely fits around their puppy’s neck, it is fine for them to wear it. However, things aren’t quite that simple. Some dogs, particularly those with short snouts, for example, can get neck injuries from collars and are better off wearing harnesses as an alternative. If you’re in doubt, ask your vet what your dog should be wearing to ensure safety and comfort.
Let Him be the Leader
You should never let your dog take you for a walk; you should always be in control of the walk. If you let your dog be the leader, he could easily pull you out into traffic, get into an altercation with another dog, or even get to think that he is the boss in other situations apart from walkies.
Leave Your Dog Unneutered
It is extremely important that, as a responsible dog owner, you spay or neuter your pet, so that you don’t end up bringing more unwanted puppies into the world. So many dogs are euthanized in this country each year because there aren’t enough loving owners around that adding to the problem would be an awful thing.
Share Harmful Foods
As humans, sharing food with one another is a way of showing affection and love. We often do the same thing to show affection to our pups, and as long as we do so in moderation, this is fine, providing that we don’t share any foods that could be harmful to our pooches. Things that it is fine for us to eat, including onions and grapes, can be very bad for dogs, so do your homework and work out what your dog can and cannot eat before sharing.
Physically Punish Your Dog
No dog deserves to be hit and doing so is likely to lead to a dog that has no confidence, is timid and more likely to act up. It will also ruin your bond, and you will be a bad dog owner. Ignore the bad behaviors and reward the good and you won’t need to hit your dog anyway.
If you can avoid doing any of these things, or letting your dog do them, then not only will you be a great dog owner, but you’ll build a strong bond with a dog who’ll be in your life for many years to come.