Top 17 Mistakes Every Dog Owner Should “Stop” Making

We all wish our #dogs could live forever, don’t we?Sadly, that’s not a realistic wish.

The fact is, #dogs are dying younger than they used to. They’re getting more cancers and other chronic diseases than ever before.

Do you wonder why that’s happening?Well … there are a few mistakes dog owners make … that may be harming their #dogs .

If you do these things, I know it’s with the best intentions. The’re often things your veterinarian recommends!

But you might be able to make some changes. They’ll improve your dog’s chances of a longer, healthier life.

So … let’s get into 17 ways you can help him stick around as long as possible.

Top 17 Mistakes Every Dog Owner Should “Stop” Making

17.Going off Cute.

if you ask someone why they chose their new dog, 9 times out 10, they will say something about the way it looks. However, dogs are not just cute faces, they have personality traits and exercise needs that typically go along with their breed, and a smart dog owner chooses their dog based on these factors, not looks.

For example, a busy businessperson who lives in a New York high rise, is only home a few hours, and does not like to go for walks or runs should not own a Siberian Husky, a breed that needs to run miles a day. Choose wisely, and you will already be on the road to success before you even bring your dog home. If this is your first dog.

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16.Thinking “what you see is what you get.”

Often people go to the shelter or pick out a puppy, assuming the personality they see right there and then is the dog they will have for life. However, puppies go through fear periods, hormone changes, and environmental experiences that will determine her personality as an adult. Rescue dogs are usually in a state of fear or depression, having been abandoned or abused by owners, living on the streets, etc. This means the disposition they are showing you at the shelter or foster parent’s home is probably not the personality he will have after a month of living at your house. Once he settles in and gets comfortable, be prepared to see his true colors.

Making the mistake of assuming the dog is going to be a calm, quiet dog because he was shy and reserved when you first met can set you up for disappointment and frustration when he gets comfortable and starts bouncing off the walls.

So get as much information as you can and pay attention to the breed or breeds the dog is, that can help you determine personality too.

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Often we bring a dog home, unhook the leash, and set it “free” without any thought about what we want him to do or not to do. Then when he starts doing things we decide are bad, we try to punish him for not reading our minds. Sometimes we allow him to do something for a couple weeks and then change the rules and decide we don’t want him to do it anymore. This creates confusion and sets the dog up for failure, not success. Before you bring a new dog or puppy into the house, sit down with members of the household and decide what the dog will and will not be allowed to do. Choose where the dog will sleep, if it can be on the furniture, when it will be fed, walked, exercised and by whom. Setting the rules and making sure everyone follows them is a big key to success.

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14.Inconsistency.

Once your rules are set – FOLLOW THEM! This means everyone who has frequent contact with your new dog, whether it is friends, family members, or the housekeeper. Dogs are smart creatures and if just one person is rewarding them, say for jumping up, they will continue that behavior much to the chagrin of everyone else. Hold the humans accountable and your dog will learn.

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13.Believing “baby” is Too Young to Train.

New puppy owners often ask when they can start training things like loose leash walking, sit, etc. They often remark about the puppy being “too young” too learn. By the time you get your pup at 8 weeks, they are fully capable of learning behaviors and should be from the moment they set foot in your house. Not only does positive reinforcement training strengthen your bond, it will lead to a well behaved dog. See our breed-specific articles for tips on training your pup.

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