You may think you’re a pro when it comes to taking care of your dog. But sometimes, pet owners with the best of intentions still make some mistakes. We think we do it right, but we don’t.
Here are some mistakes you might be making with your dog. Avoid them and you’ll be on your way to having a healthy and well-behaved canine.
Getting a dog before you’re ready
You may find it hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, but getting a dog on impulse is big mistake. Every dog has its own needs. Before you decide to bring home a dog, be sure that you have done some research and have found the specific breed that is right for your family or your lifestyle.
Not getting preventative care
You’re supposed to take your dog to the vet to prevent diseases, not when they’re already sick. Dogs hide pain instinctively. They don’t want you to know that they’re not feeling well. By the time you notice that she is in poor health, it might be too late. Regular checkups are recommended as it can help catch diseases early on.
Talking to your dog
You and your dog are different species. You speak different languages. They bark; you talk. Dogs do not understand the words you say. If you want your dog to do what you want her to do, use gestures and sign language.
Being inconsistent with the rules
Once your rules are set, follow them. Every member of the family should know about the rules and follow it. If you prevent Fifi from lying down on the bed, but your son allows her to, then she might get confused.
Neglecting dental care
Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems in canine health. As with human teeth, plaque also forms on a dog’s teeth. Without proper oral care, it may cause gum disease, decay and eventually tooth and bone loss.
Everyday brushing is ideal, but if you can’t, weekly oral care is fine. Vaccines against periodontal disease are also beneficial.