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Common Dog Care Mistakes
November 1, 2023

Are you considering adopting a shelter dog? Quite a few of our canine patients were adopted from shelters. We love seeing dogs getting second chances! Of course, adopting Fido is a huge decision. Dogs are not low-maintenance pets: they need lots of care and activity. And while we’ve been friends with Fido for a very long time, there are still a lot of misconceptions about him and him care needs. A local Frederick, MD vet goes over some common dog care mistakes in this article.

Lack Of Training

All dogs—even tiny ones—should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. We also strongly recommend teaching Fido the Down and Leave It commands. Work on these one at a time, starting with the command to Sit.

Not Keeping Fido Secure

Fido should be kept leashed or in fenced-in areas at all times. Although pups that are extremely well-trained may be safely allowed off-leash at certain parks, we always advise erring on the side of caution. Don’t let your pooch run around off-leash!

Inconsistent Training

Dog training can be a bit tricky, as it’s easy to go off-course if you’ve never done it before. One of the biggest mistakes here is inconsistency. Use the same words or phrases each time.

Negative Reinforcement

You’ve heard the saying about how you catch more flies with honey than sugar? That’s also true for dogs. When working on behavioral issues, always focus on rewarding good behavior.

Not Getting Fido Fixed

While there are some great breeders out there, it’s also important to remember that there are already far too many homeless dogs in the world. Having your own canine buddy spayed or neutered won’t only help prevent unwanted litters: it’s also good for behavioral reasons. You’ll find yourself with a calmer, less unruly pooch.

Lack Of Stimulation/Exercise

Man’s Best Friend is very curious and active, and he needs things to explore, investigate, and play with. Make sure to provide your furry friend with plenty of fun toys, and take time to play with him daily. Walks are also crucial: they provide stimulation and exercise, and are great for bonding.

Not Puppyproofing

Never underestimate Fido’s chewing predilection. Dogs just don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them. Make your home safe for your canine pal by removing or securing anything dangerous. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions about your furry friend’s health or care? Contact us, your Frederick, MD pet hospital, today!