Advertisement

You correct your dog with kindness

You correct your dog with kindness
Getty Images

When your dog acts up, you need to bring them back in line. But great dog owners know the difference between correction and punishment, says Kristi Benson, a certified canine therapy trainer and behaviour expert. They use their voice to reassure, comfort and correct their dog – not scare them, she says. “Good owners will not use yelling, swatting, training collars or other physical punishments as they know they are bad for the dog’s welfare,” she explains. “Modern dog training techniques can help you teach your dog to obey without using harsh punishments.”

Here are 5 other common pet blunders owners make that are easy to avoid.

You make your house dog-friendly

You make your house dog-friendly
Getty Images

Sure, you could get mad at your dog every time they bark at the neighbour’s kids – or you could install some dog-proof shades and remove the temptation, Benson says. Similarly, if your pup freaks out when strangers come over, set up a room with toys and food for him to go to when you have guests. “Good dog owners look for easy ways to reduce problem behaviour instead of punishing it,” she says.

These 3 crazy expensive dog houses will make any human jealous.

You take your dog for regular veterinary check-ups

You take your dog for regular veterinary check-ups
Getty Images

“A big sign of a great dog owner is seeking veterinary care for their pets as soon as they get sick and scheduling routine health check-ups and vaccines,” says Sara Ochoa, veterinarian and consultant for doglab.com. Not only will this help your dog recover faster from injuries and illnesses, it will go a long way in preventing them from getting sick or hurt in the first place, she says.

Make sure you’re aware of the 50 things your doctor wishes you knew about losing weight.

You rescued your dog or bought it from a reputable breeder

You rescued your dog or bought it from a reputable breeder
Getty Images

“Great dog owners know not to buy puppies from stores or online, no matter how beautiful the website looks,” Benson says. “Puppy mills are scary and awful for the breeding dogs and produce puppies that might have serious health and behavioural problems.” Instead, they will look to rescue an animal from a shelter or if they are looking for a particular dog will only purchase from an accredited and reputable breeder, she adds.

Check out the 12 dangerous mistakes cat owners should never make.

You wash out the water bowl

You wash out the water bowl
Getty Images

One of the most basic responsibilities of owning a pet is providing a source of clean water but great pet owners will make sure that the water is fresh daily and the bowl is cleaned regularly, Dr. Ochoa says. “Slime can build up in the water bowl and cause your pet to get sick,” she explains.

Here are 6 ways to make your dog smarter.

You feed your pup a well-balanced diet and limit treats

You feed your pup a well-balanced diet and limit treats
Getty Images

Great pet owners understand that while dogs may love it, human food and excessive treats are bad for your pet’s health, Dr. Ochoa says. Instead, try to buy balanced, quality food and keep it consistent while limiting treats to special occasions – being overweight is just as bad for dogs as it is for humans, she says.

Sign up here to get Reader’s Digest’s favourite stories straight to your inbox!

Source: RD.com/

Advertisement

Never miss a deal again - sign up now!

Connect with us: