If you love dogs, you might want to pay attention. Here are 6 Harmful Things You Do to Your Dog Without Realizing It hey, if you’re a dog owner, you shouldn’t surely want your pooch to be healthy and to live a long and happy life. But you might sometimes do things that. Can potentially harm your canine companion without even realizing it. Dogs are curious, adventurous and childlike. It’s a beautiful thing, but it can also get them into trouble. We don’t want that, of course. So here are some common mistakes people unintentionally make when it comes to taking care of their Doggies.
Choosing the wrong collar
You need to choose the right kind of caller. This decision is very important, and it’s also quite personal. There are several types of callers, and you need to pick the one that best suits the needs and character of your pub, as well as a place to attach his license. A flat collar. This is the most widespread type, and you can find them at any pet store. It comes with a buckle so that you can change the length of the collar to your liking and as your pup grows. A breakaway collar. This type was created mostly for dogs that spend a lot of time outside.
It comes undone once there’s a threat of a choking hazard, like with fences or branches. If your dog is an inquisitive pup with the soul of an Explorer, this. Collar will be perfect for them. Special Collars for dog Training You might. Not want to use these sorts of collars if you have a very young. Puppy, since they’re mostly designed for behavioral training. In any case, everything depends on your pet’s age. A harness. If your dog is a Polar or. Likes to explore as far as it. Can reach, adding a harness might be. A better option for your furry friend. Collars can seriously injure your pet’s throat. If it pulls too hard on its Leech.
But that’s not a problem with pulling on a harness. So whether you’ve settled on a harness or gone for a collar, the second. And just as important step is making sure it’s the right size. If a collar or harness is too. Big, your pooch might escape. Yet if it’s too small, it can choke him. The general rule is that for small. And medium sized breeds, you should be able to slip one finger between the collar or harness and the dog’s neck. For large and extra large dogs, two fingers should fit. And don’t forget to check the tightness every once in a while, especially while. Your pup is still growing. Plus, dogs just like people can put. On weight over time. Hey, don’t remind me.
Leaving a dog alone in the car
Leaving a Dog Alone in the Car Never, ever leave your dog alone in the car. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric. Administration, the temperature inside a car can. Increase by 20 degrees in just 10. Minutes, even if the car is parked in the shade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association confirms this data and adds that even if the temperature outside is a pleasantly cool 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it can skyrocket up to 110 degrees inside a car. Dogs don’t sweat like people do, and. They can overheat much faster than you think. And since they lack this crucial ability.
To cool themselves off, the consequences of staying in a parked car can turn out fatal. Signs of overheating include drooling and panting excessively and looking. Overall, agitated. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy indicate. A life threatening emergency. In this case, the dog needs to see a vet immediately.
Neglecting your dog’s teeth
Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth A dog’s teeth need to be cleaned just like people’s teeth do. And it’s not an issue of aesthetics. Here, it’s a necessity. That’s why you should start doing it as soon as you get your pup, so that they get used to having. Their teeth brushed three times a week. Is okay in the beginning or if your dog’s teeth are healthy. But working up to doing it daily is best. And no, giving your canine some chew stick treats can’t replace regular brushing.
Those minty chews don’t clean the back. Teeth as well as a toothbrush can. Don’t use toothpaste and toothbrushes designed for people. There are special ones made just for. Dogs, and they’re pretty different from the humankinds. You’ve probably never tried any chicken or beef flavored toothpaste, right? Canine toothbrushes usually have smaller heads and really soft bristles. If you don’t have one, you can use a kid’s toothbrush, a cotton swab. Or even a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. But still, you can easily get a.
Doggy toothbrush and toothpaste from your local. Pet store or from your vet. Speaking of which, you need to have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned at the vet twice a year. Yes, just like people. Now, here’s my secret bonus tip. If you can get your dog hooked. On gnawing on special plastic bones, you.
Get the best of both worlds. This activity satisfies his need to chew keeps him busy while discouraging destructive chomping. And cleans your doggy’s teeth automatically. My nine year old pal Riley has never needed professional cleaning due to this fun chewing habit he started as a puppy. His vet is astonished at his pearly wipes at every checkup. To my great joy, and I save a lot of money that way.
Letting your dog eat everything
Letting Your Dog Eat Everything You should. Never feed human food to your dog. It’s way too salty, too spicy, and too fatty for them. In fact, most dishes you eat are severely toxic.
For them, take candy, chewing gum, baked goods, and even some diet foods. They contain a special sweetener called Xylitol. If your dog ingests it, their blood sugar may drop and this can lead to liver failure. Avocados, in turn, contain person. This toxic can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea in your pooch. Well, not to be Captain Obvious here. But never give your dog alcohol. It affects a canine’s liver and brain.
Much more easily than it does in humans. Alcohol in a dog system can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, troubles with breathing and coordination, and in the worst cases, coma and death. The full list of products that can cause serious problems in your pet’s health is miles long. Still, some of the main ones include coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks, grapes and raisins, milk and other dairy products, fatty bones and trimmings, peaches, plums and persimmons. Hey, they all start with pee. Raw eggs, milk and fish, salty and sugary foods, and of course, the infamous chocolate.
You also shouldn’t give your dog any. Table scraps while you’re having a meal. This teaches undesirable begging habits. Oh please, can I have some more? And dogs are in fact, incredibly quick. Learners when it comes to things they’re not allowed to do.
Bringing puppies to a dog park
Bringing Puppies to a dog park. Dogs are very social, but think twice before taking a small puppy to a. Dog park to begin with. Dogs can sometimes be passive carriers of diseases. Secondly, grown up dogs, especially large ones, can be incredibly rough when playing and running around. They may inadvertently scare or even accidentally. Hurt your little pup.
Using physical punishment
Using physical punishment. Yes, dogs do need training. Their owners need it even more. But physical punishment is never okay. First of all, it’s just outright animal abuse. Plus, it doesn’t work and actually does. The opposite of what you want. It makes your dog scared of you. Reward based training is much more effective. Than physical discipline, and here’s why. While reward based training helps build trust between a dog and his human, physical. Punishment breeds distrust of humans in general. Reward based training encourages a dog to. Behave in a desired way, but when. A dog is physically punished, it may.
Try to hide, start urinating, uncontrollably and freeze in submission. Because it’s scared to death, reward based training helps a dog learn and perform a desired behavior. However, when an owner uses physical punishment, a dog can concentrate only on one thought. This hurts and I don’t like it. Think about it. Do you like getting hit? Didn’t think so. You like rewards? Duh. See, dogs are no different than you. So if your dog does things you’d. Prefer, he didn’t sign them up for obedience school, which is as much for teaching you as it is for the dog. The very best time to do this is when they are puppies, when the concrete hasn’t hardened yet and you can more easily install positive habits and behaviors.