What we should never do to our dog
Many of us have the moment when we decided to adopt a pet. One in four families chooses a dog as a pet and thanks to this it is estimated that there are approximately 500 million dogs in the world. But although in each culture there are different connotations, all owners must avoid these nine habits which are VERY harmful to the physical and mental health of our furry friends. It is in our power to spare them suffering.
1. Do not hit your dog
One of the most common educational corrective measures is to hit an animal when it does something wrong. But that does not mean it's the right thing to do since the only thing you're going to get is that the dog loses the confidence and trust it has in you. Keep in mind that it does not have to know what it is doing wrong and it will not always end up associating this with the punishment received. It will only be receiving an aggressive treatment that may end up generating an equally negative response or create insecurity and fear. Caring for your pet can significantly lengthen your quality of life.
2. A dog must NOT live outside the home
Dogs are sociable animals that have been domesticated by humans. This means that if we want them to be able to live with us, they should share their time with us to ensure that they feel part of the pack. While it is true that they must also spend time outdoors to be able to run and enjoy a little freedom, remember that they have to know your position in the human family. If we do not do it, we favor the most instinctive and aggressive behaviors.
3. The vete is NOT only for when he is sick
Many people reserve the assistance of a vet for when their pets suffer from an illness or advanced complication. This usually ends up supposing a greater expense and can be very harmful to the dog. To avoid serious problems it is better to attend regularly scheduled visits. Always remember to have all vaccines up to date and always have a good antiparasitic collar at hand that protects your dog not only from ticks but also from mosquitoes. A dog is like a human being when considering its care.
4. Dental health
The denture is usually a source of problems for dogs because although they should be washed as often as humans, most owners do not usually give them any or almost no attention. There are different gadgets specially designed for this purpose in pets as well as different treatments that reduce the negative effects of oral diseases. Controlling it in time can prevent your dog from going through very annoying diseases.
5. NEVER let them decide on the route
The social form of a dog is based on an alpha member who commands and a series of members who follow. If you decide to go out for a walk where he wants to go, it can be more dangerous than you think, as he will begin to think he is gaining power. Correct these behaviors by using shorter straps and ALWAYS deciding the path your dog going to follow. Just remember that you should be able to enjoy the smells of the path that YOU have previously chosen. If you do it since your dog was little, it will just get used to it. We never have to forget that they are animals.
6. Do not leave them inside the car alone
The mechanism to control the temperature of dogs does not work the same as in humans since they are unable to sweat. To regulate body heat they use a mechanism based on breathing. This means that when there is more heat they begin to generate more carbon dioxide, ending up being able to suffocate in closed, warm spaces. Remember that even if it is a short period of time, a tragedy can occur and cost you their life.
7. Dogs have feelings
In many cases, humans treat animals as if they were toys or non-sentient creatures. They beat them, punish them, lock them up or simply keep them using them as objects. Always remember that a dog has the ability to be happy, sad, bored or have fun in the same way that people do. For this reason, it is of special interest that you look for ways to avoid traumas that may trigger negative responses. In our eyes, they are like children all their lives.
8. Be careful with the use of the carrier or Kennel
A Kennel is a small cage in which a pet can be transported on long trips. As an extension in many cases, it is used as a resting place for the animal. For this reason, it is important not to use it as a place of punishment since the dog would associate it with something negative. We must also bear in mind that they do not have the same conception of time as we do, so they would quickly forget the reason that took them there and would only feel sad and isolated.
9. Avoid "prohibited foods"
Some foods are harmful to the health of pets, as they can cause harmful reactions or even lead to death. Remember that you should NEVER give chocolate to a pet, no matter how hard they look at it. It is also not allowed to give them garlic, dairy products or onions and, in general, they should not eat anything out of their daily food. Above all, always avoid giving food with a splinter or small bones, such as chicken. Always try to make your dog live as healthy as possible.
Are you searching for a dog that will be your best friend? There are so many breeds that this decision can be quite difficult! Your choice should be based on your personality, needs and lifestyle, because when you make a mistake then what can you do then? You may need a dog for guarding your property but end up having a lovely creature that trusts every stranger. Or you can look for a harmless puppy, perfect for your children’s company, but the ‘cute puppy’ turns out to be an aggressive beast. That's why, before you purchase a dog, look over this article.
Good choice: If your house is full of valuable things and you often go out, then you need a proper protection for your property. Dobermans, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are the best choices! They are not the most friendly breeds you can meet, for sure… But if you are afraid of any criminals than purchase one of these types of a dog! Just remember to have a notice on your gate, in case that a postman doesn’t see a dog…
Bad choice: Retrievers are less likely to react when the invader is breaking into your house, they just don’t have those special protective instincts.
Perfect for your kids
Good choice: Retrievers can be bad at protecting your house but they are an excellent choice when it comes to playing with your kids! They are quite obedient and submissive and won’t scare your kids by rapid barking. But if your kids prefer smaller dogs then Beagles will be also suitable.
Bad choice: Pekingese seem to be quite innocent but they also require a lot of attention so there is a danger of them attacking you if they feel too neglected.
For sporty owners
Good choice: Do you like running and generally spending a lot of time outdoors? If yes, then you need a dog that feels the same. Settler or a Pointer will meet your expectations as they are highly athletic and energetic. Your morning jogging or hiking will satisfy you both.
Bad choice: You shouldn’t purchase Pugs or Bulldogs. You can even hurt them and cause injuries as their knee joints are not adapted to any more excessive exercise. They will pant and breathe heavily and for sure, that won’t be a pleasure for these dogs.
When you work a lot…
Good choice: If you spend more time in your work than in your house then you need a dog that will be patiently waiting for you at home. Basset Hound or a Shar Pei, are those kinds of breeds that will provide you with peaceful companionship and won’t get angry or aggressive if you keep coming back home very late.
Bad choice: Retrievers or Collies shouldn’t appear in your house as they are too sociable to endure such hardships as spending long hours alone! They would be very sad!
For your grandparents
Good choice: Elderly people need dogs that are not too demanding. As your grandparents may have difficulties with running or just working out outdoors then Charles Spaniels, Pugs or Cavalier King breeds will be the best companions for them! They don’t require intense workout to be happy and entertained.
Bad choice: The dogs that match sporty owners' lifestyle, such as Settler or a Pointer, can be a big challenge for your grandparents. They need a lot of activities outdoors and elderly people are less likely to meet their demands.
When you already have a pet
Good choice: Do you already have some pets at home? Whether it’s a cat or a parrot, your new dogs should be able to accept their presents and get along with them. If you don’t take it into account then you risk some aggressive confrontations or even serious injuries. Spaniels, Retrievers, and Collies are an excellent choice! They can easily adapt to the environment full of other pets and will cohabit with them without any problems.
Bad choice: Terriers are the worst choice. Why? As their instincts are defensive and aggressive, they may consider your other pets as enemies.
For a hot climate
Good choice: The best choice is probably a Terrier as hot temperatures are not a big problem for them.
Bad choice: Actually, there are a few dog breeds that have difficulties with adapting to the places with a hot climate. So if you live in hot places, then you shouldn’t purchase such breeds as Malamutes, St. Bernards, Boxers or Huskies as they won’t be able to function in this environment. They can even suffer some diseases if they stay in a hot climate for too long.
For a cold climate
Good choice: You need a dog with thick fur and a lot of body fat. Huskies, Malamutes or Samoyeds seem to be an obvious choice. Their fur will help them survive harsh weather conditions and very low temperatures. Actually, they will even enjoy playing in the snow and going out for long walks. Their bodies are so well adapted to such climate that it won’t cause any serious damage or disease.
Bad choice: Dobermans are definitely not a good choice. Instead of thriving, they will suffer a lot.
When it will be your first dog
Good choice: Will it be your first dog? If yes, then you should look for a dog that you can train easily and teach important things that he should obey in your house. Probably you don’t want to get annoyed when the dog doesn’t understand your cues and behave the other way round. In this case, you need a Labrador, Poodle or a Border Collie. They are very intuitive when it comes to understanding any nonverbal commands.
Bad choice: Forget about Terriers or Schnauzers. They are quite demanding and you’d better have the more expert knowledge, experience, and patience to deal with them.