When dealing with your dog, you want to do everything right. Even so, even the most caring dog owner can make mistakes. DeinTierwelt explains to you what they are – and how you can avoid them in the future.
1. Get a dog that doesn’t suit you
Once the wish for a four-legged friend is there, many want to fulfill it as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, buying a dog should of course be carefully considered. In addition to the basic thoughts about whether a dog fits into your life at all , you should also think about which type of dog might suit you.
Should your future buddy be more active or calm? Big or small? Adopted from the shelter or from the breeder? Think carefully about which properties are important to you. Otherwise, the end of the song could be that you want to give the dog back after a short time in frustration.
And that wouldn’t help anyone.
2. Neglect education and training
Every dog needs basic training, socialization with other four-legged friends and people and later, of course, sufficient exercise and variety. Denying your dog these possibilities not only harms him, but also himself in the long term.
How else should your four-legged friend know what is okay and what is not? If you make the training positive, it is not annoying, but can be fun and variety for both of you. If you don’t give a damn about upbringing and socialization, your dog can experience a number of behavioral problems.
3. Feed incorrectly
If you are unsure about choosing the right dog food , you can speak to your veterinarian, research the ingredients, and read reviews. Because if your dog eats poorly over the long term, this can lead to health problems.
At the same time, you shouldn’t overfeed your four-legged friend – and food shouldn’t be a sign of your love. Because obesity can also have health consequences in dogs . Don’t be too generous with treats: they shouldn’t make up more than ten percent of his daily diet. Also, make sure that you do not give your dog any food that can be potentially toxic to him .
4. Skip visits to the vet
Do you only take your dog to the vet when he is sick? In many cases it is actually too late. By regularly examining your dog, the vet can identify abnormalities earlier. In this way you ensure that your four-legged friend stays healthy and happy for a long time – you should not miss the necessary vaccinations .
5. Do not collect dog poo
Let’s not kid ourselves: not collecting the remains of your Bellos during the walk is simply rude. In addition, bacteria and possible pathogens can romp around in dog excrement. Other four-legged friends can also become infected through contact. So: take out dog waste bags, collect piles and dispose of properly .
6. Choose the wrong collar, harness or leash
When it comes to the question of whether a collar or harness is better for dogs , the opinions of many dog owners are divided. A collar may be more practical because your four-legged friend can also wear it at home and it doesn’t have to be put on and then taken off for every walk.
However, a harness is gentler on the cervical spine and muscles of dogs. Get the best advice when buying – because a harness should also fit well and not restrict your dog’s freedom of movement, for example.
7. Punish your dog for mishaps
To get a puppy house trained, you should never work with punishment – nevertheless, many dog owners make this mistake. The temptation to let out the frustration at the mess in roaring is too great. Instead, you should reduce the chances of failure from the outset, for example by giving your Bello the chance to do its business outside. It helps if you can correctly interpret his body language .
8. Neglect tooth and nail care
Many dog owners neglect the nail and dental care of their four-legged friends – a big mistake! To avoid inflammation of the gums and other problems, you should brush your dog’s teeth regularly . Veterinarians recommend doing this several times a week.
Dogs’ nails also need to be trimmed regularly. How often depends, among other things, on whether he walks a lot outside on surfaces that automatically wear the claws. If the nails grow too long, it can cause painful paw infections and physical discomfort.
9. Give the dog medication for humans
Your dog is in acute pain – but you should n’t just give him your medication . In the absence of better knowledge, this is unfortunately not an unlikely mistake that dog owners make. However, this is dangerous for your bello: after all, the dosage is designed for people and therefore much too high for dogs.
This can lead to a number of complaints. For example, paracetamol can cause liver failure and ibuprofen can damage the gastrointestinal tract. By the way, cat drugs can also harm dogs and vice versa.
10. Underestimate the expenses for your dog
Dogs are time and money intensive, this should be clear to you from the start. Costs for the vet, dog sitter, food, dog training and especially surgery or other emergencies can be quite expensive . You should always be prepared for this and have saved money. Or you can take out insurance that covers the veterinary and surgery costs for your dog .