Becoming a Dog Owner

10 First Time Dog Owner Mistakes to Avoid

You thought of it for a long time, but now is the time when you are convinced about bringing a dog home for the very first time! Assuredly, this embodies one of both exciting and perplexing new experiences for which you are not properly knowledgeable of, as you not at once before got the chance to experience what having a dog as a part of your beloved family is. Even so, overstressing yourself is not the right way to go, as this is exactly what each dog owner felt the time really deciding to bring the first animal home, but that in fact, as many confess it, later turn out to be one of the most wonderful choices they ever made!

Speaking of rewarding dog petting experience, as a novel dog owners you have a quite few things that you should inevitably know before making the same mistakes many first-time dog owners made with their just brought home dogs.

These mistakes, in any case, should not be misjudged, as they typically are not originated by the indifference or unconcern of dog owners on helping and taking care of their adored new four legs family members. Contrary, they came because of need for prior apt knowledge regarding human- dog relationship, dog’s behavior, character, and psychology.

Although, something is unquestionable and common – anyone can have a dog, but only the ones who truly succeed coping within a dog-human relationship are the ones to end up being fulfilled by it. Therefore, no doubt that having a dog is one of the most amazing things a human being can experience – but this is understood that the main responsibility for protecting and leading properly the dog is on people, not on dogs.

Many dog petting experienced people can easily compare petting a dog experience with that of educating a child. This, because nearly the entire responsibility of a dog-human relationship is relies not on dogs – as instinctual creatures, contrary – it is on dog’s owner – as for handling this relationship and teaching his much-loved intuitive creature how to properly adopt inside the commonsensical humans’ world.

To make it simple, we want to show you in just few particulars, which are the most common mistakes first time dog owners make and which are the proper ways to avoid doing them.

Obtaining a Dog Rapidly

The nature of mistake

Not every dog that has a cute, adorable and stunning look is necessarily the right dog for you and your place. This is a very common mistake that people do – when they get inside a pet shop they or their children realize that there is an attractive and warm looking dog that seems the right one, waiting for a home and a family. They suddenly decide to have that one, as it was a simple entertaining toy! No, this is not the proper way to go, dogs are not toys and there is much more than a look you should care of. There are so many things you need to know about the dog before bringing him home: his energy, his size, learning abilities, emotional aspect, grooming and much more.

Avoiding the mistake

Do not get pressurized by the eagerness to have that charming dog in the pet store or shelter. Do some research first, through internet, communicate with dog owners you know, or try asking professionals for some valuable information about different dog breeds in order to be able to meet your needs. It you are looking for specific dog characteristic, such as a friendly dog, an easy dogs to train, less energetic dog or other you might try searching for breed within different breed groups. I.e. you might want to have a dog that is inside herding, sporting, non-sporting groups; or, if not, probably you might be looking for a dog that love accompanying people, and if so than you can look for a companion dog, and so on. Also, even that each dog breed has its own characteristics, do not forget to question about the health, temperament and social aspect of it right before getting him home.

Avoiding Exercises

The nature of mistake

Dogs are very energetic, and classically, their energy is physical. Often first time dog owners forget that they are the ones responsible to engage their dogs physically, in order for the dogs to unleash this naturally stored energy. If dogs are kept passive and tired, they typically end up in behavioral, physical, and emotional problems, such as depression, obesity, anxiety or else.

Avoiding the mistake

Among important regular things dogs need to do in order to function normally, is to engage in exercises and games that help them unleashing their overwhelming energy. Therefore, try persistently keeping your dog engaged in physical exercise. That can vary from each individual dog, but commonly it is recommended to keep your dog busy at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day.

Ignoring Obedience Training

The Nature Of Mistake

Dogs do not informally learn how to behave, and particularly not inside a totally new environment, such as human’s world. That is why there is a common mistake that dog owners do, believing that their dogs will instinctively learn to behave. As a result, many dog owners neglect the fact that the beloved dog needs to be led and trained properly – in order to fit in humans world. Avoiding obedience training exercises, your dog can end up having social, health, and emotional problems of different natures.

Avoiding the mistake

As you already have a dog home, the next him to do is making efforts teaching him who the leader and who the follower is. This should be done by offering the proper obedience exercises, where you show that you lead and he follows. You can teach your dog respect, discipline, and commands that will make his integration easier. There are different internet sources (blogs, e-books and videos) that you might use to properly get instructed on how to perform training exercises for teaching your dog the essential commands, discipline and respect. If having difficulties, ask for help by a professional dog trainer who can offer specialized instructions and training.

Contradiction In Rules

The nature of mistake

Let us say once you taught your dog to wait until you cross the door, but after you tolerated him ignoring the rule on one occasion. This is very incorrect thing to do, and it should not go on like that, even that it does not seem so essential to humans as everybody is allowed to brake rules. Well, this is okay but it does not apply on dogs, as if you teach your dog, something at once changing your attitude about it – even once they will become confuse and even might lose respect towards you as his leader by not following your commands any longer.

Avoiding the mistake

Once you teach your dog something, try to keep it that way in any situation. This means that your dog wants rules and discipline that are continual and you should not neglect this fact in any case.

Giving Treats For No Reason

The nature of mistake

Dogs are trained using treats as a rewarding instrument that make them understand the command. Sometimes dog owners avoid the value that treat has to dogs by giving them treats for no reason. This is not the proper way to go, as it drives an absolute confusion towards dog, in such a way that the dog will stop recognizing the moral value of the treat. This will have a largely negative effect on dog’s behavior, as it will obscure dogs’ learning process – while you as his personal trainer/leader will lose “treat”- the most important learning tool for teaching your dog.

Avoiding the mistake

Instead of giving your dog treat for no reason, try engaging him on a specific exercise and reward him for performing it well. Otherwise, do not ever give the dog a treat where he is misbehaving or not performing the command correctly.

Making Your Dog Unsocial

The nature of mistake

First time dog owners forget to recall how much important socialization is for animals. Therefore, they often keep their dogs in a closed environment surrounded by walls and few known family members. Well, this is not the proper thing to do to your dog, as all he needs is continual socialization with other dogs and animals, as well as with different new people. If not, your dog can end up being depressed, violent, territorial, and protective, it might even end up having real health issues.

Avoiding the mistake

Try to take your dog with you every day you walk at the park or elsewhere by trying to present him as much as possible new and different places, different people and animals, allowing him to play and enjoy a little time with them.

Obtaining a Dog From a Pet Store Instead Of Adopting

The nature of mistake

Most of the people ignore the idea of adopting a dog from a shelter when deciding to have a dog – replacing it by a pet store where they are free of getting the dog of their choice. This is an inappropriate thing to do – that needs to change immediately, for the fact that dogs that are kept for marketable reasons, are a prone to face very poor conditions while in the store; something that effects dog’s body and mind shape.

Avoiding the mistake

Change the tradition of many people by getting a dog from a shelter for many good reasons but above all, adopting a dog, you save his life and leave a free space for another dog.

Not Researching Ahead About The Breed

The nature of mistake

Many people are thrilled by the idea of getting a dog and they often avoid giving consideration to the things that really matter by focusing mostly in the dog’s physical appearance. That is why they do a common mistake – they do not explore enough about the dog breed as they are eager to take the dog home. They ignore many more important things such as the size of the breed, the energy and everything essential. They forget calculating the practicability of having a specific dog breed at home by leaving apart from consideration: the apartment’s space, dog’s behavior towards children, dog allergies, grooming and many other more important aspects than the look.

Avoiding the mistake

Instead of repeating the mistake that many other people did – as dogs cannot be turned back once they taken – try doing some desk research on internet about dog breeds and their general and specific characteristics. If not, get a book or ask for professional instructions in this regard.

Being Harsh To The Dog

The nature of mistake

As the dog becomes part of the family, you might be angry at times because of his misbehavior, so you scream after him and expect him to stop doing that specific wrong action. If your dog is in a process of doing something – this means he is enjoying it, a lot- even if that is the wrong thing and any destruction will make him nervous and furious.

Avoiding the mistake

Instead of reacting impulsively towards dog’s troublesomeness, try giving a “No”, “Sit” or “Calm Down” command, in order for him to tell the fact that what he is doing is not “Ok”.

Letting Dog On His Own

The nature of mistake

Many people are not able to recognize the fact that dogs are not lonely creatures and that is why they often leave them alone while they are at work, in a birthday party, in a two day trip or elsewhere. The destructive things really caused to your dog when leaving him alone home for a long period are monotony, separation distress unhappiness and destructive actions.

Avoiding the mistake

Instead of leaving your dog alone, try employing someone to watch over him, or send a dog in a dog center for the time you are away home. It is not recommended to keep your dog alone for eight hours or even more. While if you have a puppy that never been left alone before even an hour, you need to teach him to be left alone through a specific exercise.

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