Congratulations on being a new dog owner! There’s nothing that’s quite as exciting as bringing your new puppy home and starting your new life together. However, if you’ve never had a dog before, you might be in for a shock when you realize just how much work is involved.
It’s in your best interest to anticipate the challenges ahead in order to avoid some of the most common mistakes. If you avoid them, you will manage to have a wonderful experience and a well behaved dog for years to come.
Take a look at some of the most critical no-no’s that you should look out for as a new dog owner.
Not Saying No
Some people don’t understand that dogs aren’t humans; they are dogs. You can’t expect your dog to know right from wrong unless you tell them. Saying “no” is the best way to discipline your dog and teach them healthy boundaries. Dogs that are never told no are the ones that usually develop behavioral problems.
They may become aggressive towards other dogs or even bite someone while out on a walk. The last thing you want to do is have to go to court because your dog attacked a helpless person. Establish the rules from the beginning by saying no.
Letting Them Pull
Part of being a responsible dog owner is taking your dog out on regular walks. However, in the beginning, your dog may pull quite a bit. Rather than accepting this as part of the experience, you should know that it is not something you have to deal with. Don’t let your dog pull under any circumstances. The sooner that you start educating them on how to walk on the leash, the better.
Letting Them Wander Around The House
It’s only natural to get home with your dog and let them wander around your home like any other family member. However, this is a big mistake. Dogs should know that there are certain areas of the house which are not allowed for them to go into. Places like the kitchen are areas that the dog should never be.
If you are ok with your dog going on your couch or your bed, just make sure that you establish it as an invitation-only place. Dogs who start to think that they have the run of the house are usually the ones that develop behavioral issues.
Not Socializing your Dog
If you’re protective of your dog, that’s perfectly normal. However, it’s important that you let your dog out into the world to socialize them. A lot of dog owners avoid letting their dogs around other canines in an attempt to keep them safe. However, socialization is critical in order for your dog to be peaceful with other pooches.