8 Harmful Things You Do to Your Dog Without Realizing It

If you love your dog, you might want to pay attention here.

1. Choosing the Wrong Collar

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A Flat Collar

This is the most widespread type, and you can find them at any pet store. It comes with a buckle so you can change the length of the collar to your liking and as your pup grows.

A Breakaway Collar

They created this type for dogs to spend a lot of time outside. It comes undone once there's a threat of a choking hazard like with fences or branches.

A Harness

If your dog is polar or likes to explore as far as it can reach, adding a harness might be a better option for your furry friend. Collars can seriously injure your pet's throat if it pulls too hard on its leash, but that’s not a problem with pulling on a harness.

Make Sure It’s the Right Size

So whether you’ve settled on a harness or gone for a collar, the second and just as important step is making sure it’s the right size. If a collar or harness is too big, your pooch might escape. Yet if it's too small, it can choke him.

2. Leaving a Dog Alone In The Car

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Never Ever leave your Dog alone in the car.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the temperature inside the car can increase by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, Even if the car is parked in the shade. And even if the temperature outside is a pleasantly cool 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it can skyrocket up to 110 degrees inside a car.

3. Using Physical Punishment

Yes, Dogs need training and their trainers even more. But physical punishment is never okay. First, It’s just outright animal abuse and also it doesn’t work. And actually does the opposite of what you want, it makes your dog scared of you.

  • Reward-based training encourages a dog to behave in the desired way. But when a dog is physically punished it may try to hide, start urinating uncontrollably and freeze in submission because it’s scared to death.
  • Reward-based training helps a dog learn and perform the desired behavior. However, when an owner uses physical punishment, a dog can concentrate only on one thought “This Hurts, and I Don’t Like It”

4. Yelling When Dog does Something Wrong

Yelling is another thing you should never consider when disciplining a dog. Just like physical punishment it doesn’t work, they don’t understand ‘NO’, so it not only freaks your dog out.

5. Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

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  • And not giving your canine some chew stick treats can replace regular brushing. Those minty chews don’t clean the back teeth as well as a toothbrush can.
  • Don’t use toothpaste and toothbrushes designed for people. There are special ones made just for dogs, and they’re different from humankind.

6. Skipping Flea, Tick, and Worming Treatment

Preventative treatment against parasites is crucial when you are a dog owner. Some people say you can take a break from flea, tick, and heartworm medicine in winter if you live in a cold climate.

7. Letting Your Dog Eat Everything

You should never feed human food to your dog. It’s way too salty, too spicy, and too fatty for them.

  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Fatty bones and Trimmings
  • Salty and Sugary Foods

8. Providing Too Little Stimulation

Just like you, dogs need constant Mental and Physical Stimulation. Especially working breeds, which is why regular walking is a must. If you are thinking about getting a dog consider whether you’ll be able to provide this necessity.

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