7 Widespread Errors You Make With Your Canine You Ought to By no means Make!


In France, there are no less than 7.6 million domestic dogs. It must be said that this canine does not fail to melt us with his loyalty, his boundless love and the new nonsense he always manages to invent to make us laugh, which partly explains his popularity in our country. For nearly 70% of us, it is even considered a full member of the family, and we therefore take the greatest care of it! However, this does not prevent us from making a few mistakes that can harm the health or education of these adorable four-legged pets. Between bad habits and inappropriate attitudes, discover 7 mistakes not to make with your dog.

Knowing how to take care of your pets (dogs, cats, rodents and other pets) and knowing their needs is indeed essential for the whole household to flourish. So, let’s start by reviewing the behaviors to review with our dogs.

1) Feeding your dog too much

Very often, the dog seeks to eat more than it needs. And on top of that, the quantities and food intake needed can vary according to the physiological needs of each dog. However, these parameters are defined by race, age, castration (or not) and other criteria such as energy expenditure. It is therefore difficult to estimate the quantities yourself to ensure your health and longevity. Right here, seeking the advice of the veterinarian is therefore essential, as well as monitoring his health. Weight gain, loss of shine of the coat or a change in consistency for its droppings are all elements to monitor before a possible change in kibble or quantities.

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What is certain is that even if it pleases you (and him too!), you have to limit as much as possible the differences and leftover meals, too salty and greasy for him. These are all nibbles that do not seem huge to you, but which can be for such a small animal. If necessary (as a reward for example), prefer well-chosen dog treats.

2) Not spending enough time with him

The vast majority of dog owners underestimate their needs in terms of physical and intellectual exercise, as well as attention. Very intelligent and infinitely sociable, our canines are nevertheless programmed to be accompanied and stimulated, but also always learning new things. In theory, it is said that dogs would need 5 hours of exercise per day, a figure that can of course vary according to the breeds and characters of our canines. Also, being present and taking it out three times a day is not enough and must be accompanied by games and various activities on a daily basis.

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If you fail to do so, this can cause behavioral problems (running away, barking, aggressiveness, etc.) or health problems (ulcers, depression, wounds linked to continuous licking, etc.). However, this is all the more true if it is a breed or an animal whose character requires more solicitation (like the border collie or the Australian shepherd).

3) Yelling at his animal or hitting it

Of course, shouting will stop the behavior you want to stop. However, the dog does not understand the cries. They can therefore increase his fear and nervousness, thereby increasing his excitement. As for violence, it has no educational virtue and therefore serves no purpose other than instilling fear. In his mind, the hand should be used to care for and caress, never to type. To prevent him from making a mistake or to stop him, a firm tone as well as the fact of sending him to his basket to exclude him from social interaction are a type of punishment that he will understand better.

4) Force him to have contacts

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When your dog comes to see you, it’s not necessarily because he wants cuddles. This request for attention can also be a sign that he is bored and is in need of activity and stimulation, in which case petting may be less well accepted by your pet. He can then put his ears back, yawn, turn his head or roll up his lips, all signs that show that he actually feels discomfort!

Let us also remember that taking them in our arms can sometimes be interpreted as a attempt at domination (in addition to giving them a feeling of confinement). In their communication, putting your paw on another dog means that you have the upper hand over him, which can lead to aggressive behavior (growling, biting, etc.) or an escape. So don’t force him if he’s not comfortable and learn to recognize the signals he sends you… and to respect them!

5) Punish him when you haven’t seen him do the stupid thing

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The punishment is only to be adopted when the animal is caught in the act or if it is about to do something stupid. However, if the mistake has already been made, he will not understand why he is being reprimanded. He will simply react to the threatening tone of your voice, but without making the connection with the prohibited behavior. He will indeed have already moved on! Scolding him will not prevent him in this case from starting again…

6) Ill teach him the ground rules

Above all, it is necessary to teach him well how to react to the call. If you only call him to get him home or put him back on a leash, hewill associate with a punishment. So if something goes wrong (for example on an outing where something scares him or there is commotion), he might not react well when you call him, which means he might not to come back. Your first job will therefore be toassociate the call with something positive by using it several times to congratulate it, stroke it or even give it a treat. The rest of the training must also involve teaching him to go in his basket, to sit down, but also to stay on his feet during outings.

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Good to know: There are group training courses with an educator to learn how to educate your animal when you lack experience.

7) Do not set limits

The puppy is a very cute animal and as such, it can be difficult to be strict with him. We may encounter difficulties in making him follow the rules that we have established (prohibition of the sofa or sleeping on the bed, etc.). However, setting limits as soon as he arrives will be beneficial and reassuring as much for him as for you in the short and long term. To do this, one can absolutely resort to positive education that uses learning techniques based on rewards, while keeping in mind that it will be necessary to know be firm when necessary. Establishing and enforcing boundaries is as important to keep the dog from becoming unmanageable as it is to the well-being of the whole family.

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