We are not perfect at doing things. We may not be perfect at work, at home or at treating our family members and friends. We are not supposed to be perfect, because we learn from mistakes. However, realizing that we make mistakes is a very big step toward perfection.
Dog owners also make mistakes, especially if the puppy is young and the owner does not have experience when it comes to providing him or her with the lifestyle and food that he or she needs.
It is fine if you have just thought about some things that you did not do right regarding your puppy. We are here to help you and tell you what the most common mistakes that every dog owner makes are.
Finding friends for your dog
Just like humans, dogs do not feel comfortable around every other dog. They also have feelings, just like we do. We may like an individual or we may not. It’s the same with dogs. Do not force your pet to “become” friends with a dog from your neighborhood, since it may not be the thing that your puppy wishes for. If your pet feels a connection with another dog, then you will definitely notice this.
Moreover, if you have more pets at home, not just a dog, do not expect them to be friendly from the very first day they met. It is fine if they spend several days to get to know each other.
You should make their first introduction somewhere outside your house. In this way, your pets will be on neutral ground and will feel equal to each other.
Putting flowers near your dog
Believe it or not, it may be dangerous to put a vase of flowers where your dog can easily reach it. No, not because your pet may break the vase, but because flowers are toxic. They may lead to various health problems, starting with stomach issues and ending with death. If your dog happens to eat your flowers, then pay attention to his health condition.
Not doing the daily walk every day
It is obvious that all of us get very busy from time to time. But your dog is not busy, your dog is waiting for you all day to go on your daily walk together. Even if you have a lot of work to do, find at least 15 minutes to do this, since it is good for both your health and your dog’s health. Moreover, for a dog it is essential to have this walk, since it is that period of the day during which your puppy purges all the energy outside.
Forgetting to microchip the dog
Puppies get lost very easily, since they are curious about everything. This is why you have to microchip your dog. It means that your dog will get a small chip implanted in the folds of your dog’s shoulders’ skin. These chips have a unique ID that contains the contact info of the owner, for example your phone number.
Moreover, microchipping your dog is not the end of the business. You also have to register the microchip with your name and with your current contact information. If you do not do this, the microchip won’t work.
Ignoring bad behavior
If you have noticed that your dog does not listen to you or your commands, then you should think about the way you speak to your pet. It may be that your dog does not understand what you are saying. Be sure that your dog understands every command that you have taught. Do not punish these little animals for some misunderstandings.
More than that, if you pet your dog only because of bad behavior, your puppy will think that this is the only way to get your attention and will continue to behave like this. You can pet your dog in positive cases, too.
Using toxic cleaning products
Even if you haven’t thought about this, your dog may feel bad because of the products you use in cleaning the house, since they are very toxic. Your dog may walk on a floor that has been mopped and then lick their feet, which is a way that the toxins can get into the animal’s body.
We recommend you to exclude products that contain ammonia and bleach, since these ingredients are harmful to all pets.
Not having a diet for your puppy
If it happens that you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, it may not seem necessary to change the diet of your pet, because they can recover by themselves. No! You should definitely buy dog food for sensitive stomachs and pay attention to any other symptoms.
Forgetting about emergency animal stickers
If you have a pet in your house, you should definitely buy emergency animal stickers which have to be put on your front window. Such animal stickers usually say “Please save our animals” and are meant to tell those from the outside that there is a pet in the house and if possible, that the owners ask to save the animal in case of emergency situations.
Stopping the training
It takes a lot of time to train your dog, more time than you can think. If you stop the training too soon, your dog may never understand what commands you use. You need to be careful and patient, because your dog will understand everything as soon as you have a good and lasting teaching method.
Letting your dog stay with strangers
Since dogs are not accustomed to the visitors that you have or to your friends in a park, it is not a good idea to let your dog stay with them or play with them. You never know, your puppy may not like something and bite the stranger. Dogs may be anxious in such cases and may start barking. The people will try to protect themselves and the dog, in turn, will think that they are trying to attack.
In any case, you could just better keep your dog near you and let your puppy know that these people are trustworthy and will not do any harm.