1. Impulsive adoptions/purchases
Before you buy or adopt a dog, you need to think about where you live (is it an apartment? Do you have a large backyard?), your lifestyle (how much time you will have to spend and play with the dog each day), does the breed you’re looking at have a tendency to be territorial (not befriending strangers/visitors to your house easily).
Carefully consider all factors before deciding on the breed of dog you select. This will
go a long way in ensuring that your pet fits in with your life and vice-versa.
2. No Boundaries
Dogs need boundaries to be happy. They cannot be happy if they think of themselves as the pack leaders and you as part of their pack. You must be clear in setting boundaries for your pet’s acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
For example, do you allow your pet to put his head on the dinner table while you’re eating? I know several people who face this and this happened because they had not established boundaries.
Over indulgence is one of the main reasons that pet owners get frustrated with their pet’s behavior, in some cases causing the pet to be left at a shelter.
3. Vet visits only during emergencies
Our pets can’t talk and let us know when something is wrong. By the time owners have noticed something amiss with their dog, it’s usually found that the dog has been sick for quite a while.
Visiting the vet annually will help catch diseases like renal disease, arthritis, etc. early on.
4. Ignoring weight issues
Most pet owners do not find their dog overweight or if they do, they think its winter weight and the dog will drop it all by himself / herself. More than half the dogs in American households are found to be obese. Since most of the dogs we see are a little on the overweight side, we tend to think of our dog’s weight as normal.
5. Assuming a Puppy Is Always Better Than a grown dog
Adopting a dog is a big decision and people are always confused about whether they should adopt a puppy as compared to a grown dog. One common myth is that a dog raised from puppyhood will bond better with a family than an adult dog would. This is completely false. A dog who’s been rescued knows that you and your family are his family now and would bond with you just like a puppy raised by you would.
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