Taking care of a dog is hands down one of the most rewarding experiences out there, but only as long as you do it right.
There are a lot of ways to go wrong when training and taking care of a pooch, and even the best, most well-intentioned dog owners make some serious errors. It’s safe to say that the pups make a fair share of their own mistakes, too.
Let’s face it, no one is perfect, and some mistakes are forgivable. The bond that you and your dog have is strong enough to withstand a misstep here and there.
However, there are some things that even the strongest bond won’t fix. There are even some mistakes that you might make that put your pooch in mortal danger.
Check out the 10 things that you should never, ever do to your dog below. Some may seem harmless, but each time you do them, you put your pup’s emotional or physical health at risk.
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1. Leave Your Pup Alone In The Car
Any time of the year, leaving your dog alone in the car puts him or her at risk of getting stolen, not to mention the deadly consequences of an overheating car in seemingly mild temperatures, even with the windows cracked.
If you can’t bring your dog with you wherever you’re going, leave him or her at home!
2. Give Affection At The Wrong Times
Your dog will never learn what is right and wrong if you smother them with affection even when they have done something terribly wrong.
Yes, guilty dogs are adorable, but they still need to learn right from wrong, especially when it comes to nipping or biting.
3. Overfeed Them
Treats are a great way to motivate good behavior, but if you overdo it, you could be putting your dog’s health at risk.
Make sure you keep an eye on the scale and look for healthier options when it comes to treats.
Remember, just as in people, obesity in dogs is associated with various health problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, hypertension and various types of neoplasia such as mammary cancer and transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.
4. Forget About Their Teeth
It’s recommended that dogs get their teeth brushed daily. Many dogs suffer from diseases and tooth infections that go untreated, so at the very least, make sure that your veterinarian checks your dog’s teeth once a year.
5. Use The Wrong Collar
Each dog breed has its own specific needs for a collar. Dogs with shorter snouts can be seriously injured with a collar that only goes around the neck and need to be controlled by a harness instead.
Ask your veterinarian and do your research on the pros and cons of Collar Vs. Harness before purchasing a collar.