Having a dog is one of the most rewarding relationships that you’ll ever have. They are there to love us no matter what and lick our cheeks no matter how much we scolded them for pooping on the floor. They make us smile, they are always there for us when we need a hug, and they’re always ready to play.
However, along with all of the joys that having a dog also comes a lot of responsibility. Taking care of them isn’t always easy. It’s up to you to make sure that they are healthy, happy, and well-behaved dogs.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog and want to know what kind of responsibilities you’re in for, it may be helpful to start with what you definitely shouldn’t do.
Abuse Your Dog
Even though your dog may not be able to speak doesn’t mean they don’t understand. There are ways to discipline your dog without having to resort to violence. Your dog is able to learn right from wrong by being consistent, not by hurting them physically.
Not only will abuse perpetuate your dog’s naughty behavior, but they may become violent themselves. People don’t take getting bitten by a dog in the street lightly. Ultimately the legal responsibility will fall onto you if that happens, not Fido!
Leave Your Dog In a Car
Think of your dog as your child. Same as you shouldn’t leave an unattended child in the car, nor should you with your pupper. A lot of pet owners make the mistake of thinking that this rule only applies during warmer months. However, cold weather can also be dangerous for them. They could also risk being kidnapped if left unattended! Take them with you or leave them at home!
Share Human Food
Even though they may look up at you with angelic eyes as you eat your chocolate cake, many human foods are dangerous for your dog. It’s a good idea to stick to dog-approved foods only.
Some foods could even be deadly for dogs if ingested! If you’re unsure about what’s ok for dogs and what’s not, then do a little research. It’s better to be informed than in the dark!
Let Your Dog Pull You
Even though your dog may be excited about going out for a walk, you should never let them pull you on the leash. Allowing them to pull you is communicating to them that they’re in charge.
Your dog should be walking alongside you or behind you when you are them for a walk. If your dog thinks they’re in charge during walks, the behavior will carry on into other scenarios.