Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

7 Common Mistakes New Dog Owners Make.

Puppies are a lot like children, so there are certain things you have to do for them to ensure that they continue to grow feeling loved, not agitated. Now, when a puppy's young, it doesn't understand a lot of things about the world, so they may bark, scratch, push, or bite in reaction to the world and people around them. So, to avoid any mishaps, like your pooch biting you, your child, or a neighbor's child, here is what a trainer named Kate Perry, suggests that you do. By preventing these mistakes, which are common among new dog owners, you and your pooch can live in harmony.

You made the wrong assumption that all puppies are the same when they're not.

Every breed has its own unique tendencies and temperaments. Also, their origin story plays a huge role in their behavior. Did they come from a pet store or a shelter? Were they abused or abandoned? So, you'll have to adjust your dog's training to their particular identities.

You assumed that your puppy was too young to learn basic commands, but you're wrong.

They're never too young, but you don't have to be a drill sergeant either. Two to five-minute training sessions will do just fine. You can also practice a command with five to ten repetitions. Just remember to give them a break now and then and then repeat.

Allowing your puppy to have free reign in your home can lead to lots and lots of behavioral issues.

Your puppy is like a baby. It doesn't understand things like boundaries. So, it needs to be literally kept on a leash, especially when you take him out for a walk. It's easier to manage your pooch this way, and will teach them that there are rules in this world that they're going to have to learn how to follow.

If you're not exercising your dog nearly enough, then it will wind up being a total couch potato.

Your dog has a lot of energy, especially if they're a certain breed like a Jack Russell, which is very energetic. So, take them out for a jog, or a walk. The more energy they expend, the less likely they are of wrecking your home, barking, or chewing on your furniture.

If your puppy is looking at you like, then it's probably thinking, "How could you do this to me?"

The first 16 weeks of a puppy's life are when you need to actually introduce them to the world outside. Not socializing them at an early age will leave them fearful of things like cars honking, people talking, and kids playing. Don't deny them the world!

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