Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Mistakes a Lot of People Make When Getting A Dog

 If you want to get a dog, then you are doing the right thing by doing your research. If you want to avoid some of the top mistakes that people make then take a look below.

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Dismissing Training

Every single dog has to undergo basic training and socialisation. Some dogs require a bit more than others. If you avoid training your dog, then you will be putting them at a huge disadvantage. They won’t be able to learn the rules and they will lack structure or guidance. Training isn’t a choice and when you do it positively, you will soon find that it is a fun and enriching experience. Socialisation gives your dog the chance to get used to the things that they will see in their environment. This includes other adults, animals, objects and more. If you set your dog up properly when it comes to socialisation, then you can stop them from developing phobias or fears. Lack of socialisation is a huge contributor in terms of behavioural issues as well, so make sure that you take that into account. If you have a huge yard then this is great for training, but you’ll need a wireless dog fence if you want to keep them contained.

Picking the Wrong Dog

Getting a dog impulsively is easy to do. Sometimes it can be difficult to resist those cute puppy eyes, and this is especially the case if you see a dog who needs a home. That being said, when it comes to getting a dog, there are some practical decisions to be made. Are you going to be able to undertake dog training? Exercise? Bonding? Are you willing to put up with behavioural issues? Shedding? Mess? By asking yourself questions like this, you can then make it easier to choose a dog that is suitable for you and your family.

Not Giving Them Enough Exercise

Exercise is truly a basic need for every dog in the world. If you do not exercise your dog enough, then this can lead to a world of health issues. You may also find that your dog ends up experiencing some behavioural issues too. Some dogs need more exercise than others so you have to know your dog’s breed so you can accommodate this. If your dog is restless, bored or if they seem hyperactive all the time then this is a sign that you need to walk them more. If you do not have a lot of time in your schedule to devote to walking your dog, then there are some breeds that need less exercise. That being said, if you do not walk your dog at all then this is a major sign that they are going to experience issues later down the line.

Dogs don’t just need exercise; they need mental stimulation too. Play games with them and also help them to participate in dog sports, if you believe that they have a drive for it. If you can do this, then you will soon find that your dog ends up being happier and healthier.


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