Bad Things You Unintentionally Do To Your Dog!

From giving “time-outs” to picking the
wrong size, these are some bad things you could unintentionally do to your dog: 12. Wrong Collar There are a lot of things we do to our dogs
that we don’t think much about but can hurt them tremendously. One of the things you should be paying close
attention to is what collar you choose for them. When you go to a pet store, you might be overwhelmed
– there are so many sizes, lengths, materials, and types of collars to choose from. But, don’t fret, there are several ways
to figure out which collar is the best for your pooch. First, you must determine what size to get
your dog. Make sure to measure the girth of your dog’s
neck before going to the store – or take them with you! Many pet stores will provide a leash for you
to use in the store, and that way, you can make sure you’re buying the right size. Generally speaking, if your dog is small,
you’ll want a thinner collar, and a thicker collar is better for larger dogs. But, another thing to consider is whether
or not your pup pulls a lot while you’re walking them. If they do, you’ll want to invest in a harness
so that they don’t choke or hurt themselves when they’re pulling. Every dog has different requirements, and
if you’re still confused about which collar to purchase, then ask an employee and read
the information on the collar. By doing these few things, your furry friend
will be much more comfortable and safe, and you’ll be happier too! 11. Bribe With Treats There’s a difference between rewarding your
dog with a treat and bribing them with one. During the puppy phase, giving your dog training
treats when they listen to a command is a wonderful way to reinforce positive behavior. However, you should try rewarding them in
other ways as well. Try giving your fuzzy buddy some belly rubs
and love instead. By doing this, your pup won’t always associate
good behavior with food. For instance, an important command is “come
here.” This is essential for situations that could
be dangerous for the dog. If they run out of the house near the street
and don’t know how to “come here,” then they’re more likely to get hit by a car
or get lost. But, if they only respond when you’re holding
a treat and you don’t have one handy, then they’re in trouble. So, using food is a great method of training
but make sure to switch it up with other techniques as well. 10. Leaving In The Car This one should go without saying, but don’t
leave your dog in the car, especially on a hot day! Your dog’s temperature can increase very
quickly. Dogs don’t sweat as we do and mostly rely
on panting to keep cool. Although a dog’s fur will work as insulation
for a while to keep them cool, after they heat up, it takes much longer for them to
get back down to a normal temperature. Plus, a pup’s method of temperature control
isn’t as efficient as a human’s sweat is. So, imagine how hot you would be in that car! Your dog is much hotter than you and could
experience heatstroke at a faster rate. The best way to avoid this is to NEVER leave
your dog in your car. You may not think it’s hot, but it’s not
worth the risk. 9. Kennel As Punishment Kennel training your dog is a wonderful thing
to do from the time they’re a puppy. It’s very helpful at times when you need
them to stay put – like if you’re moving furniture and don’t want to trip over your
pooch. The kennel also serves as a den would in the
wild. It’s a place your dog should feel safe and
comfortable. One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make
is using the kennel as a form of punishment. We often put our dogs in their kennel when
we’re upset because they’ve done something wrong, similar to a “time out” for a toddler. However, your dog doesn’t know why they’re
getting the “time out” and only associates going in the kennel with you being upset. So, don’t put them up when they’ve done
something wrong. It will result in problems down the road. 8. Lack Of Exercise We all get busy with life. Work, school, chores, errands – sometimes
the time just gets away from us. Despite these regular life events, dog owners
need to take the time to get their pet’s energy out. Most dogs are naturally energetic. They love to run, fetch, play, and swim and
need to do these things before they can calm down. The lack of doing physical activities can
harm you and your dog in the long run. When your pup is cooped up all day with nothing
to do, they will resort to any means necessary to keep themselves occupied. If that means chewing up the couch or carpet
while you’re away, then that’s what they’ll do. The dog doesn’t realize that some things
are off-limits, especially when they haven’t been trained or are still in the puppy phase. So, it’s important that you play with them
or walk them. That way, neither you or your pooch have to
suffer, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to bond! 7. No Grooming Surprisingly, grooming is often another thing
that slips under a dog owner’s radar. Dogs get dirty all the time and it doesn’t
seem to bother them. But, it’s still important to give your dogs
regular baths, trim their nails, and make sure they’re clean and healthy all around! If you don’t know how to, then take your
pup into a groomer. Nowadays, there are even mobile groomers that
will come straight to your house. Without regular grooming, your dog could get
matted fur, ear infections, irritated skin, ingrown nails or hair, etcetera. If you’re afraid to trim your dog’s nails
too short and knick the nerve inside, you can invest in a trimmer with a detector installed,
watch tutorials, or ask your vet or groomer to trim them during check-ups or appointments. 6. Rubbing Their Nose Another mistake that’s common among dog
owners is potty training by rubbing their pup’s nose in their pee. Many times if a dog urinates inside the house,
we’ve learned that it’s helpful to put their nose in it and then tell them “No!”,
and take them outside. This is just an old wives’ tale. Doing this will only teach your dog to fear
you or hide from you. They might even think that the act of peeing
is the problem. Just remember, your pooch doesn’t have the
inherent knowledge that they’re supposed to relieve themselves outside. Come on, people! WE don’t even know that
when we’re little. The only place a dog thinks is out of bounds
is where they sleep. Plus, forcing your dog’s face into their
waste is just unethical. Simply clapping and saying “Ah-ah!” when
you catch your puppy peeing inside is enough to make your point. After you’ve clapped, take your puppy outside
and let them finish. Once they’ve done so, you can praise them. When cleaning up the mess inside, you can
even place the rags used to soak up pee or the piece of poop outside to reinforce that
that’s where they should go. 5. Forgetting To Brush Would you go days, weeks, or months without
brushing your pearly whites? I hope the answer is “No,” and neither
should your dog. Just like us, dogs develop plaque and bacteria
in their mouths, which can ultimately result in tooth decay. Plus, if you brush your furry friend’s teeth
regularly, it will improve that unpleasant dog breath. It will also prevent you and the dog from
vet visits later on. This task might not be easy at first, but
if you take it slow, then you and the dog will get used to it. Canine toothbrushes and toothpaste are available
at nearly every pet store, and there are numerous online tutorials and guides on how to go about
it. So, keep yourself informed and prepare your
pooch for the first time. Treats can be helpful during the process,
and going slow and being gentle go a long way as well. 4. Treats This habit is one of the more difficult to
break. I mean, look at those big puppy-dog eyes! It’s fine to give your dog treats made for
them or snacks you know they can eat, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries. But, remember to do your research and don’t
feed them whatever you have on your plate. The main reason is that the food people eat
is often unhealthy for dogs and can even be toxic to them – think avocados, grapes, chocolate,
onions, garlic, etcetera. There are probably tons of things you’ve
fed your beloved pooch without knowing they were dangerous. Our meals often have sugar, salt, and fat
that dogs don’t need. Plus, if you’re always feeding your pup
from your plate, then they might stop eating their normal dog food and start begging. Although we often find it adorable when our
dogs look to us for a tasty snack, it can become disruptive and irritating. 3. Taking Food Away This is something you might’ve done to your
pooch, especially if they got ahold of a tasty treat they weren’t supposed to have. Keep in mind that it’s your dog’s instinct
to scavenge for and guard their food. Just like other animals do in the wild, dogs
guard their valuable items because it ensures survival. Since food is essential, it’s normal for
your pup to be protective of it. So, don’t take their food away! If you remove their food or treats, it can
make aggressive behavior worse. Generally speaking, guarding food isn’t
a difficult thing to work with anyway. Feeding them in a separate room or their kennel,
staying away while they eat, and making sure they have enough food are all simple ways
to keep you and your dog happy. But, if you’re worried about your pup biting
you or others, then you should seek professional help, and if you happen to have a puppy that
doesn’t guard their food, then reinforcing that behavior by hand-feeding is essential
so they don’t develop it later on. 2. Buckle Up Most of us let our dogs hang their heads out
of the car or lay in our laps while we drive, but doing either of these things is dangerous
for you and your pup. Just like humans, dogs should be buckled in
with a seatbelt. You can buy one online or at a pet store. These belts hook onto your dog’s harness
and click right into the one in your vehicle. In the case of an accident, it’ll keep your
pooch from flying forward and severely injuring itself. Plus, when you buckle up your dog, they won’t
be able to distract you while you’re driving. Most people think it’s cute when their pet
wants to cuddle up on the road, but it can be just as bad as texting when you’re at
the wheel. Your dog could even roll down the window and
jump out if you don’t pay attention. So, be safe rather than sorry, and buckle
in your best friend! 1. Hitting One of the worst things you can do to a dog
and should avoid at all costs is striking them. Hitting your pup will do nothing but hurt
them physically and mentally. Our pets have emotions similar to us. They can be anxious, sad, depressed, or afraid,
and physical punishment will bring out all of these emotions, cause mental disorders,
and make them aggressive. Dogs will try to protect themselves, which
results in biting… but honestly, who can blame them? You wouldn’t want to be backed into a corner
and physically threatened. There’s also no reason to do this – with
proper training techniques, classes, and tutorials available, you can achieve what you want without
violence. Do you have any tips or tricks for training
a puppy? Let us know in the comment section below!

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