You often hear people say, raising a dog is like raising a child. Our beloved furry pal has their needs we need to provide and demands they want met. Unlike a human child, however, they are not capable of verbally relaying to you whatever it is they want and need you to do, so all that’s left for them is to trust that you already know what to do.
It’s as hard as it can get, you could only wish there were classes where an expert could tell you how to properly take care of them. So tendency is, there are a lot of things owners thought were all right that are actually harmful to pets.
5 Things You Should Never Do to Your Dog
If you want to keep your beloved pet healthy and safe, here are five things you should never do to your dog.
1. Leaving them alone in the car
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Why? Because dogs die in hot cars. It does not matter how long you will be gone, temperature inside vehicles can rise in just a few minutes, putting your dog’s life at risk.
It is never safe to leave them alone inside with the windows and doors locked even on days you think temperatures are low. Every year, hundreds of dogs die after being left alone inside cars. Now if that’s not a scary enough cautionary tale, we don’t know what is.
2. Hitting them
One of the things you should never do to your dog is to punish them the wrong way. We try so hard to train them, make them follow everything we say, but dogs can be disobedient sometimes too. There are times when they want things done their way rather than yours. Yes, this can get annoying, but even if it does, never hit your dog. There are other ways to discipline your pet without the need for such punishment.
Hitting your dog will only lower their confidence and can make them even more aggressive, something you don’t really want to happen.
3. Making them live on chains
Humans hate getting chained, either physically, mentally, or emotionally. What makes you think it’s all right for your pet? Dogs are natural wanderers. Anything that piques their curiosity, they will follow it, making them prone to getting lost. But even if this is the case, it is not right to put your pet in chains. They need access to the outdoors, and they need to interact with humans and with other canines.
Additionally, making them live on chains will greatly affect their behavior. The Humane Society of the United States explains, “Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.”
4. Neglecting their dental health
First-time dog owners often neglect their pet’s dental hygiene, thinking it’s not that important. But there are a lot of diseases and infections that can develop just because you have not paid much attention to your dog’s dental health.
It is highly advisable that you brush your pet’s teeth daily and make sure you use the right brush for that. It also pays to have your dog’s teeth checked by a veterinarian regularly.
5. Overfeeding them
We all love food, and your dog does too. What they wouldn’t love, though, is when you give them too much. So another one of the things you should never do to your dog is overfeeding them, as this can lead to health complications.
And speaking of food, a pet owner should also be knowledgeable about what food can put them in peril. Chocolates, chili, and onion are a no no, so avoid giving them these or anything that has them.
Having a pet means having a life companion, but with that comes a huge responsibility that you have to fulfill no matter what. So it always helps to know the dos and don’ts of pet keeping to make your relationship with your dog problem-free, happy, and long-lasting.
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