The thought of having someone wait for you when you come back home from a long day of hard work is delightful in itself. More so, when that someone is a small furry friend of yours who wags his tail and jumps around like it has just seen the love of its life when you enter through your gates, you cannot wait to run back home and play with them.
Pet dogs are a child-like entity in the lives of most pet-owners and are raised with the same love and compassion as one would bestow upon their children. Sadly,as cute and fluffy as a dog might be when you buy or adopt yourself one, raising a dog is a feat not all can achieve.
To raise a dog to let it live the best and longest life possible, one must know the essentials of a dog and make sure that the precious pet-dog is kept at a distance from things that harm its physical or mental self. Most dog-owners already know what their dog needs to grow into a strong healthy one, but seem to be unaware about the harms of a few seemingly loving gestures towards the pet. In this article, we list for you points on how not to raise a dog.
Do not share food from your table
Sharing food from your table with your pet-dogs might be harming your dogs in ways unimaginable. Not all human foods can be considered safe for consumption by dogs. Certain food items might contain chemicals that can be potent to your dog’s health.
Dogs will beg for food they have tasted once and liked, but it is your responsibility to guide them away from consuming harmful food items. Some items you should avoid at all costs, no matter how adorably your pet asks for it, are chocolate, avocados, fatty meats and dairy products, salty and sugary foods. Go on and Google what and why you should avoid these food items for the health of your four-legged companion.
Do not skimp on your dog’s exercise
No matter how busy you are with your life, you should never skimp on your dog’s exercise. Exercising in the open is a necessity for all pet dogs as it helps them physically as well as mentally. Staying in-house exposes your dog to sickness and aggressive behavior due to the built-up stress and energy from not moving around enough. Exposure to sight, smell and sunlight along with other dog-friends help your dog to develop emotional and social bonds. This will help your pet tackle boredom, frustration, weight-gain and help you prevent unwanted invasion of your house by an over-energized bud.
Do not medicate your dog yourself
When your dog is ill, you might get the urge to use basic information you found off other dog-owners or the internet to treat it back to wellness. In an attempt to save some money, you might be putting your dog’s health in further danger. Every dog has a different physicality and needs to be treated with proper medication based on its specific symptoms. Medicating your dog yourself can cost you more than just money and is best recommended to be avoided. Apart from treating illnesses, make sure to visit the vets at least twice a year to make sure your dog is free from fleas, worms and bugs that might be feeding on your dog.
Do not bribe your pet
If you overly use treats to make your dog obey your commands, instead of obeying you, your pet will learn to obey the treats. The habit of maintaining a balanced rewarding system must be made from the beginning stages of training. Do not reward your dog with delicious treats every time it comes to you when you call it over or every time that it poops outside. This cultivates a habit of doing so only due to the incentive of treats and not because it actually learned the behavior. In order to avoid raising a pet dog that doesn’t move without seeing a treat, avoid bribing your pet from its early years. This will save you a lot on treats and will raise your pet to be a good boy.
Do not let it nibble
Nibbling comes natural to dogs as a way of showing affection. They nibble from a young age and if left unchecked, will continue to nibble into adulthood. The problem here is that the nibbling of a puppy is very different than the nibbling of a dog with a full set of teeth. When an adult dog nibbles on your skin or any other item, some damage or injury is bound to happen. To curb this behavior, show your dog in its puppy stage that nibbling is not appropriate by showing negative reactions such as saying ‘ouch’, or just taking away their object of play. This will let them know that nibbling is not okay and will prevent many future headaches for you.
Do not use physical punishment
While some pups are naughtier than others, their mischief should not be a reason for you to punish them physically. You should not make spanking or locking your dog up in its kennel a way of showing that it has done wrong. This will create a sense of fear within them and break trust in you. The loving relationship that a pet has with its human will be lost and replaced by a relationship based on fear. To make sure that your pet has a sense of freedom and love around, do not ever use physical punishment on your pet-dog.