If you have decided that you want to add a dog to your family, you will probably be feeling excited! After all, a new family addition is always something to get excited about – especially if it is a cute and fluffy addition. Nevertheless, just like babies, dogs have their own specific set of requirements and they need the right love and attention so that they can lead happy and healthy lives.
So, continue reading to discover more about some of the most common dog owner errors that are made by first-time owners.
Skipping obedience training – It is only right that we start with one of the biggest mistakes that people make today when it comes to their dogs, and this is skipping obedience training. If you do this, you are going to have tons of frustration on your hands. Your dog is not going to understand what you want from them, nor will they listen, if they have not been trained properly.
Not considering your dog’s breed, age, and physical activity when it comes to nutrition – When it comes to feeding your dog, there is not one diet for all nor is there one perfect brand. After all, all dogs are created differently, and so they all have different nutritional needs. This is something you need to recognize. A good place to start is always with natural dog food. However, what sort of natural dog food? And, how much? Well, to determine this you need to consider the physical activity, age, and breed of your dog. If you are not sure, it is always best to consult your vet for nutrition advice.
Failing to neuter or spray your dog – The vast majority of people reading this will already know they need to spray or neuter their dog. However, it is really important to emphasize just how critical it is. There is an epidemic of homeless dogs, so it is really important that all pet owners are responsible and do their part.
Not consider the dog’s energy levels first – Last but not least, a lot of people tend to fall in love with spunky, adorable puppies, which seem like a lot of fun. However, they later discover that their dog does not have an “off” switch and that they need more attention than they are going to be able to supply. When bringing a dog into your family, you need to make sure it is the right dog for your family. You need to make sure that your availability matches the dog’s needs. It works the other way as well, for instance, if you are very active, you are probably not going to want an older dog with low energy levels.
These are some of the most common mistakes that people make when bringing a dog into their home for the first time. If you can avoid these errors, you will give yourself a great chance of ensuring that everything goes smoothly.