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13 Things You Might Not Realise You’re Doing Wrong

Avoid These Common Dog Owner Mistakes: 13 Things You Might Not Realize You're Doing Wrong

Having a dog is a beautiful experience that comes with a lot of responsibility. As a dog owner, there are things you may be doing that you think are correct, but they might be causing harm to your furry friend. In this article, we will be highlighting 14 surprising things that you may be doing wrong with your dog and how to correct them.

Feeding your dog table scraps

dog eating on table

Feeding your dog table scraps may seem like a good idea, but it is not. Dogs have different nutritional needs from humans, and providing them with table scraps can cause an imbalance in their diet. Also, some human foods like chocolate, onions, and garlic are toxic to dogs. 

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P.P.S. We do not recommend completely prohibiting your pet from indulging in table scraps, but we suggest balancing their diet with our PFA formulas. It may not be advisable to give table scraps, particularly if your dog has a history of dietary issues. Although these scraps may appear and taste okay, they are often nutritionally deficient. Therefore, the key to a healthy diet is providing a complete and balanced meal for your pet.

Not providing enough exercise:

Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. Not providing enough exercise can lead to obesity, behavioral issues, and health problems. Depending on your dog’s breed, age, and health, they may need up to two hours of exercise daily.

Leaving your dog alone for too long:

Sad Dog

Dogs are social animals and need companionship. Leaving your dog alone for long periods can cause them to become anxious and develop separation anxiety. If you cannot be with your dog during the day, consider hiring a dog walker or pet sitter.

Not providing enough mental stimulation:

Dogs need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Not providing enough mental stimulation can lead to boredom and destructive behavior. On the other hand, activities like puzzle toys and training sessions can stimulate your dog mentally.

Using punishment as a training method:

Punishing your dog as a training method is ineffective and can cause anxiety and fear. 

PFA Owner, dog trainer and all-round passiontae pet owner, Lee explains, “As a dog trainer with over 20 years of experience, I strongly advise against punishing your dog as a training method. Not only is it ineffective, but it can also cause anxiety and fear. Instead, positive reinforcement is a much better approach that rewards good behavior and encourages your dog to repeat it. However, I also understand that positive reinforcement alone may not always be enough, and it’s important to teach your dog when they are doing something wrong. While hitting or physically punishing your dog is not acceptable, a firm “no” or redirection can be effective in correcting behavior. It’s important to communicate with your dog clearly and consistently, just as you would with your children, and to find a balance between positive reinforcement and correction to help your dog become a well-behaved and happy companion.”

Not grooming your dog regularly:

Dog Getting Brushed

Regular grooming is essential for your dog’s health and hygiene. Not grooming your dog regularly can lead to skin irritation, matting, and other health problems. Depending on your dog’s coat, they may need daily brushing or regular grooming appointments.

Neglecting dental care:

Dog getting teeth brushed

Dental care is often overlooked in dogs but is essential for their health. Neglecting dental care can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Regular teeth brushing and dental check-ups with a veterinarian can help prevent these issues. Additionally, you can purchase a Jerky, or the Kukuje to prevent Tartar building.

Ignoring warning signs of illness:

Dogs are good at hiding illness, but ignoring warning signs can lead to serious health problems. Signs like loss of appetite, lethargy, and behavior changes should not be ignored; you should consult your veterinarian.

Not socialising your dog:

Socialisation is important for dogs to learn how to interact with other dogs and people. Not socialising your dog can lead to fear, anxiety, and aggressive behavior. Puppy socialisation classes and regular exposure to new experiences can help socialise your dog.

Using retractable leashes:

Retractable leashes may seem convenient, but they can be dangerous for both you and your dog. They can cause injuries and make it difficult to control your dog in an emergency. It is best to use a standard leash.

Allowing your dog to pull on the leash:

Allowing your dog to pull on the leash can cause strain on their neck and back and make walks less enjoyable. Using a front-clip harness, or a head halter can help discourage pulling.

Not providing a comfortable sleeping area:

Puppy sleeping

Dogs need a comfortable and safe sleeping area. Not providing a comfortable sleeping area can lead to restlessness and sleep problems. Providing a bed or crate in a quiet area of the house can help your dog feel secure.

Not providing enough love and attention:

Dogs thrive on love and attention from their owners. Not providing enough love and attention can cause them to become anxious and depressed. Regular playtime and cuddles are essential for maintaining a strong bond between you and your dog. Setting aside time daily for one-on-one interaction with your furry companion is a significant part of being a pet parent. This benefits your dog’s emotional well-being and can also relieve your stress. Remember, your dog is a loyal and loving companion who deserves your time and attention. By showing them love and affection, you can strengthen your bond and build a happy and healthy relationship with your furry friend.

As dog owners, we are responsible for providing the best care possible for our furry friends. We may be doing many things without realizing it, but by being aware of these mistakes, we can take steps to correct them. By providing proper nutrition, exercise, socialisation, grooming, and healthcare, we can help our dogs live long, healthy, and happy lives. Remember, our dogs give us unconditional love, so we must give them the same in return.

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