Most Common Dog Training Mistakes
of First-Time Pet Owners
Deciding you are ready to become a pet owner is a big step in life. It shows that you are ready and willing to take on the responsibility of caring for another living creature. While there are many kinds of pets for you can choose from, few can rival the joys and satisfaction of being a dog owner.
Once you bring that puppy home, the training begins. However, it’s important to correctly train a dog to avoid making mistakes that could lead to a dog that is very difficult to live with or control.
If you are embarking on the journey of training your dog, then check out some of the most common dog training mistakes an owner can make:
Picking the Wrong Breed
One of the first mistakes that many new dog owners make is in their choice of which dog to get. Most breeds have different tendencies, traits, etc. In fact, some breeds may just be more trainable than others especially when it comes to your specific lifestyle. With that said, it’s a good idea to spend time looking into various breeds so that you can find one that best fits your lifestyle.
Not Instilling House Rules from the First Moment Puppy Comes Home
Another common mistake is that new owners think puppies are too young to be trained or that you can’t expect much from them; this couldn’t be further from the truth. Training should begin the moment your new dog sets foot in your house. Whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog, training is necessary for all ages. Not only that, you need to be firm, be consistent, and patient. Show your new dog that you are in charge – not them, which is even more important with breeds that have dominant tendencies.
Letting Your Dog Get Away with Poor Behavior
Just as you probably wouldn’t allow a child to get away with poor behavior, a dog shouldn’t be allowed to either. It’s important to catch them in the act, correct their behavior right there, and make sure you stay consistent each time they behave poorly. If you slip up even once and let them get away with something, then you’re going to have a much harder time changing the behavior in the future.
Letting a New Puppy Have Free Range of the House
One of the most common dog-training mistakes, in particular, applies to new puppies even more than adult dogs, as they are still going through the housebreaking stage. Giving your new dog free range of the house, especially when you aren’t home or aren’t paying attention, is setting yourself and your dog up for failure. They haven’t been taught the rules yet, so it’s impossible to expect them to behave as you hope.
Instead, give your dog a safe space to hang out in when you aren’t home or can’t watch them. In most cases, a crate is the best idea. Once you have gone through the training stages and your dog proves they can be trusted, then you may be able to give them more freedom.
Not Taking Your Dog to the Vet Regularly
Just as humans need to see their doctor for regular check-ups, dogs are the same. Dogs require vaccinations, check-ups, and medications to protect them from various conditions and diseases. If you aren’t willing to do the vet visits, then a dog isn’t the right pet.
Not Giving Your Dog Enough Exercise
There is no way around this one; dogs need exercise. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter how old your dog is or what breed it is; daily exercise is imperative to its physical and mental health. If you start skipping that regular exercise, you’re going to see some rather drastic changes in your dog’s behavior and usually for the worse.
Feeding Your Dog Table Scraps and Human Food
While it may not seem like a big deal to give your dog human food or table scraps, you might be causing more harm than good. Not only is there an extensive list of human foods you should never feed a dog, but you may also be teaching your dog that it’s ok to always beg for food when you eat. Additionally, you may be training your dog just to come and take the food whenever they see you eating.
It’s a Learning Curve
Bringing home a new dog is a joyous and memorable time in life. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and fall into the trap of making any of the most common dog training mistakes, and this is why it’s important to do as much research as possible beforehand and make sure you’re prepared for the commitment you are about to take on.
Most Common Dog Training Mistakes of First-Time Pet Owners
Jeffery is a pet enthusiast and volunteer at his local pet shelter. His passion for animals started at an early age and through his work on becoming a veterinary student he understands and cares for pets of all species. Jeffery currently writes for The Happy Pooch and has two cats, a bird and a dog named Lucy.Most Common Dog Training Mistakes of First-Time Pet Owners Click To Tweet
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