Pets are great companions and become such an inherent part of our lives. They give love unconditionally to their “pack” and often want to please their owners, and we enjoy rewarding them. These are all positive and good attributes, except for when they get out of hand or lack in other areas and we become slightly irresponsible pet owners. The following are ten ways we make mistakes with pets:
- Buying a pet spontaneously– One should never buy a pet at the spur of the moment. Sometimes, and rarely it works out for the best, but often times it does not. Why? Pets can be expensive, and factors need to be made into account; i.e, food and vet costs, material necessities, chew toys, treats, training materials, and other item you may need or want to invest in.
- No obedience training– Every pet needs obedience training, regardless of any age because bad habits form at an early age, and it’s definitely more difficult to teach a “dog new tricks.”
- Being lax with rules– If you don’t allow your pet to eat from the table, yet your spouse or child feeds them from the table, or sleeping on another members bed when your pet isn’t allowed to. Your pet doesn’t understand that they are not allowed to do something when not everyone in the household is consistent and firm with the rules.
- Treats are good, but only in moderation– We often love to spoil our pets with treats, sometimes with overzealous amount of treats, and then our pets want treats all the time, or don’t want to eat their food. They are a good training tool, but training gets lost when they get them at any given time.
- Not socializing your pet– Sadly, I’ve seen this too many times, and it’s not the dog’s fault. Dogs have to be socialized at a young age because when they are not socialized around other dogs or people, they are aggressive. Usually, their aggressiveness is out of fear.
To Be Continued…