What are some common mistakes Dog owners make? Some people might think that loving your dog is all you need to do to be a good owners, but there is so much more to it! Are you guilty of making any of these common mistakes?
Getting One Before You’re Ready. – It might be fun or exciting deciding to get a dog on a whim, but you need to make sure you’re prepared and fully ready BEFORE you get a dog. Never buy or adopt a dog on an impulse, neither you nor the dog is going to be happy.
Time – are you able to dedicate enough of your time to train, exercise, play with and bond with your new dog? Not just in the beginning, dogs need a lot of time and attention. It’s important to understand dog owners are not just there to open food cans, here is so much more.
If dogs become bored or lonely through being left alone for too long, they can develop bad behaviours and anxious habits.
These can include excessive barking, messing the in the house, being aggressive and not eating. If you know you’re not going to have the time to have and care for a dog, it’s best not to get one in the first place.
Cost – dogs, like many pets, are expensive. Not just to buy, but to care for, feed, keep entertained and healthy. The cost of owning a dog is about more than just the expense of food.
Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to budget for a dog before getting one, leading to trouble down the road.
Can you afford a dog? Learn your limits before you get a dog to help you make the right decisions. Financially providing for your dogs is a big part of being a responsible dog owner.
Space – This isn’t just in terms of what size dog you get (obviously if you have a tony flat, a Great Dane isn’t a good deal at all!). But, like children, dogs and their thing need space. Of course, if you have a decent sized house or flat, a small dog breed would fit you great.
If you barely have space for your effects (beds, toys, food receptacle etc.) you’re not going to have room for all your dog will need.
There are many more factors in being ready or able to have a dog – speak to vets, breeders or shelters to see if you are able to properly care for and provide for a dog.
Dismissing Socialising and Training. – Some people might think that properly socialising and training their dog is too time consuming a not that important. But training your dog is more than just teaching them tricks. It’s imperative for both you and your Dog being happy and healthy.
Every dog needs basic training and socialisation. Some need more than others, but they all need some. If you decide not to train your dog, you are putting them at a disadvantage.
How will they know the rules? What kind of structure and guidance are you providing? Don’t think of training as a chore. When done positively, training is fun and enriching for dogs.
Equally, socialisation is very important. This allows a dog to become familiar with external things such as children, other adults, other animals, objects, environments, and various situations.
If your dog isn’t properly socialised they can become fearful of people or other animals and develop some aggressive tendencies. A well-trained, well-socialised dog will be more welcome in public places that allow pets.
Ask your vet, shelters, breeders, or dog behaviourists/trainers about training and socialisation.
Not Exercising Them Enough. – Exercise is one of absolute basics in owning a dog. Making sure they exercise and are active enough makes sure your dog stays heathy, happy, and stimulated.
In general, most dogs should get one to two hours of exercise daily to help keep them healthy. Your dog may need more or less depending on age, breed, and tolerance.
A senior Shih Tzu may just want to loaf around on the sofa while an adult Border Collie, Rhodesian ridgeback, or Bluetick Coonhound might be doing agility for four hours a day and still want more. No two dogs are the same, so discovering your dog’s exercise needs may require some trial and error.
Dogs need mental stimulation as much as physical – a bored or lonely dog can develop bad behaviours which can be hard for owners to fix. If you’re out at work or school in the day, try leaving on some of our Dog TV episodes or music to stimulate tor relax them whilst they’re alone.
Avoiding the Vets. – We hope this isn’t something dog owners really do, but it’s more common that you think.
Your veterinarian is a key part of keeping your dog healthy. Most dogs will hide illness until it becomes unbearable.
Routine wellness exams can allow vets to detect small health issues before they become big problems. These vet visits also help encourage the relationship you and your dog have with your vet, making it easier to diagnose and treat illness when it comes along.
In addition to wellness visits, you should listen to your vet’s recommendation about things such as heartworm prevention, flea treatment and weight management.
When your dog is showing signs that something is not right, don’t wait for it to get worse. Contact your vet for advice before it becomes something serious.
Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.
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