In today’s article you will discover some of the common mistakes new dog owners make and how to avoid these mistakes. Bringing home your first puppy can be a very exciting time, but it can also be a challenge. If you have never owned a dog before, it can take some time to get used to the responsibility of caring for a dog. During the time when you and your puppy are getting to know each other, it is likely that you will make mistakes,But the important thing to do is to be prepared as the more knowlege you get the less mistakes you will make and you will familiarize yourself with some of the common mistakes of new dog owners, you can avoid some of those mistakes.
The common mistakes of new dog owners
Buying a dog on a whim.
It is important for you to understand that owning a dog is a big responsibility; it is not something you should do spur of the moment or take lightly. Dogs require regular care and attention, and unless you are willing to commit to that responsibility for 10 years or so, do not purchase a dog.
Waiting too long to train.
another one of the common mistakes many dog owners make is waiting too long to start training their dogs. It is important to start basic obedience training while your puppy is young to prevent bad habits forming, which will be much more difficult to change later.
Not being consistent.
If you have read some of my other articles on this website you will notice that I mention consistency a lot ,and this is because I believe its a very important part of the equation when it comes to training your dog. If you are consistent in your training methods, your dog is likely to learn very quickly, but if you use different training commands or inconsistently reward your dog for good behaviour, he may become confused, and as a result your dog will take longer to learn.
Giving too many treats.
Every dog loves treats, and they are likely to eat anything that is offered to them. However, you should not give them too freely. Treats should be a reward for good behavior so your dog learns to associate the treat (and your approval) with certain behaviors during training.
Not socializing the dog properly.
During the first six to eight weeks of life, socialization is incredibly important for a puppy. It will determine how he reacts to change and unfamiliar situations for the rest of his life. When you first bring home a puppy, it is important to introduce him to other pets, people and new experiences so he doesn’t become anxious or shy. The video below gives some more info on socializing your dog.
Even the smallest dogs require a certain amount of daily exercise to work off their energy. If you do not exercise your dog enough, he is more likely to become hyperactive and to develop behavioral problems, such as excessive barking.
So having a new puppy in your home is a fantastic experience but please understand that there is a certain amount of work you have to put it to create a great relationship with your dog and it can be a challenge. Please only purchase a dog if you are fully committed to them and their overall development from day one .This is a big commitment you are taking on and this article is to help you understand what to expect from owning a dog and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
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I hope this article gave you some insight to the common mistakes of new dog owners . i have another interesting article about how to keep your dog calm at the vets .