7. Absence of Rules
Not providing structure and rules for your dog is something all pet owners should avoid at any cost.
Dogs actually need rules. Being a pet owner, you may think strict rules will make life boring or unhappy for your dog. But dogs really want to know and follow what their master wants them to do.
Rules will make dogs polite, well-disciplined and prevent them from throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want.
At the same time, rules make life a lot more predictable, a lot less confusing and a lot less stressful for both the dog and its owner.
Train your dog when he is a puppy, and be clear and consistent with your rules.
8. Plain and Boring Walks
Going for walks without an opportunity to explore and smell around is bad for your dog.
Many pet owners prefer their dogs to walk obediently on a leash. However, this is not something that your dog prefers.
Dogs love to explore their surroundings. Hence, give them some time to sniff and explore while walking obediently on a leash.
Dogs have a strong smelling sense and they use it for interpreting the world around them, just as humans use their eyes. They may become tense upon not being able to take in their world for at least a few minutes a day.
Do not take your dog for a walk for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. Also, do not be in a hurry to get back home again.
Instead, go somewhere entirely new to allow your dog to explore a different neighborhood or trail. Allow your furry friend to sniff at a spot for a few minutes before moving forward. These walks provide your dog mental and sensory stimulation that keep life interesting.