Owning a dog is hard work, which is why so many dog owners slip into the same bad habits. You may not think that these habits are all that bad, but the long-term effects they have on your dog can be very serious. If you’re doing any of the habits listed below, then you must stop right now! Or, if you’re a new dog owner, make sure you avoid slipping into them.
Not Grooming The Dog
This is by far the most common bad habit that the majority of dog owners will own up to. How often should you groom your dog, and how often do you actually do it? It’s likely most owners will go through the whole grooming process once or twice a year at most. I mean, how many dog owners actually clip their dog’s claws or brush their teeth? Why don’t they do it? Because it takes too long and is too much effort. Luckily, you can find places like DogDayz that offer professional grooming services. So, you don’t really have any excuse not to groom your dog if you haven’t got time to do it yourself. I
f you choose to use a professional for dog grooming, make sure they have regular grooming sessions available. It is the pet owner’s duty to make sure the dog stays clean, avoids infections, and stays healthy. If you are unsure what type of grooming your dog will need, ask a veterinarian or professional for advice.
Leaving The Dog Alone All Day
Again, so many dog owners do this without even thinking about it. I can see why – you just get used to going out to work and leaving your dog at home. In your mind, there’s nothing bad that comes of it, so why would you stop? Well, it’s actually not good to leave your dog all on their own for over 4 or 5 hours per day. They get lonely, they lack exercise, and they might not have enough food or water. Additionally, their overall persona and positive mentality may decline if they are constantly left alone.
If you find that you do not have enough time to spend at home with your pet, ask a neighbor or friend to pop in and see how they’re doing every once in a while. Additionally, there may be plenty of teens or other people in your neighborhood looking for extra cash. You could search for a reliable dog walker or pet sitter to spend time with your pup while you are away.
Overfeeding & Under-exercising
Technically, this is two bad habits merged into one. However, these habits tend to go hand in hand. Loads of dog owners feed their pups way too much. Some owners fill their dog’s food bowl every time it is empty. Some are also guilty of feeding their dog’s table food and too many treats on top of that. To coincide with this, many dogs are not walked enough, meaning their dog gets hardly any exercise.
It is important to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise everyday and eating appropriate portions of food. Much like humans, dogs are likely to become lazy out of habit. This laziness can lead to weight issues and health problems in the future. It is important to do your research to ensure you feed your dog as much as they need. Also check to see how much exercise the specific breed requires per week.
Not Training a Dog from The Start
When you get a new dog, it is important to make sure the dog is trained from the start so you can avoid behavioral issues in the future. Each home will have specific rules regarding what a dog can and cannot do. If you want your dog to follow these rules, you will have to train it from the start. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement in owning a new dog. However, it is important to remember to train the dog as well.
Training a dog does not just refer to how it should act in your home. You will want to make sure the dog is properly socialized and taught how to act around other dogs and people as well. You may want to slowly start introducing your new furever friend to the people you love. Especially if you have a puppy, you will want to introduce it to new pups and dogs also. This will ensure that your dog learns proper social skills which you will not have to worry about in the future.
Spoiling the Pup
Much like children, it is hard not to spoil a pup, especially when they are new. We all want to our pets happy and give them what they want, when they want it. However, this is a bad habit to get into. If you spoil your pup from the start, it is likely they will not listen to you in the future or take you seriously as its owner. The dog will run the house, not you. It is important to have boundaries and discipline in your home. As much as we want our dogs to be happy, it is important to let them know they cannot have playtime or treats whenever they want. By not spoiling your pup, you will make your life easier in the future when it comes to having a good listener and well trained dog in your home.
Be honest, if you have a dog, how many of these bad habits are you guilty of? The chances are you’ve got three strikes to your name, but it’s understandable. We all have are guilty of at least some of these bad habits. The important thing is that you learn from this and avoid making these mistakes in the future. Owning a dog is a lot of fun, but also a lot work. There will always be ways we can improve our pet caring skills. If you’re a new dog owner, keep these bad habits in mind as you begin your pet caring journey.