First-Time Dog Owners: Here Are 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Being a first-time dog owner can be both exciting and scary. It can be hard to take care of your new furry friend while still struggling to build a permanent bond between you two. Dogs come with many responsibilities, and to avoid tumbling into destructive behaviours, you should learn more about the common mistakes made and how to avoid them. Here are some common mistakes people make as first-time dog owners:

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Choosing the wrong dog or getting a dog before you are ready

It is important to note that not everyone is capable of owning a dog. If you want a dog, make sure that you research and learn more about what you are getting into. To raise a new dog, you need to have dedication, lots of effort, and hard work, especially if it’s a puppy.

There are many real-world choices you have to make before bringing a new dog home. For instance:

  • Can you afford a new dog?
  • Is the dog’s size suitable for your living space?
  • Are you ready to own a pet?
  • If you currently have pets, will they gladly accept an extra dog?

Not offering enough exercise

For every dog, exercise is a basic need. Similar to human beings, lack of exercise in dogs can lead to health problems and behavioural concerns. Remember that some dogs might need more exercise than others; however, most of them need just more than simple strolls. Make sure to evaluate your new dog’s activity requirements.

Your dog will need more exercise if they seem bored and restless, hyper and agitated all the time. Give your dog some mental incentive by trying exercises that entail games that give your dog a comprehensive activity.

Improper feeding

Do you know the basics when it comes to feeding your dog? All dogs are not the same. Therefore, before buying any food, check the type and read the reviews. Consider talking to your vet or any dog expert for more advice. Animal activists are also knowledgeable source, like Katherine Heigl, who founded Badlands Ranch Pets. Their Facebook page is full of great advice.

Dogs can have allergies too, and it is essential to know the culprit behind your dog’s reaction. In most cases, the leading cause of allergies in dogs is food. Food allergies in canines can be severe and can cause serious digestive issues like diarrhea and vomiting, skin issues, and behavioural problems. To protect your new furry friend, purchase sensitive dog food.

Additionally, avoid overfeeding your dog; canine obesity is increasing. You possibly need to reduce the amount of food you are giving your dog if you realise it is overweight. Consult your veterinarian for advice on the best diet plan for your canine friend.

Neglecting dental health

If you are like most people out there, you think that doggy breath is a common thing. However, it is a sign of dental disease. Halitosis can be a result of tartar accumulation in your dog’s mouth. And if not checked, this can result in periodontal diseases that can end in tooth loss or heart diseases and kidney failure.


Raising a new dog is very enjoyable. However, things can start getting complicated when you make the above mistakes. Avoid these mistakes and make an aggressive dog feel comfortable. Additionally, never hesitate to ask for help or advice from veterinarians and dog specialists.

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