February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015
14 Surprising Things You May Be
Doing Wrong With Your Dog

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you have had a beary safe and great week so far.

Many people have pets. I have always preferred dogs myself. But I recently read an interesting article that I might be doing some wrong things for my dogs which I thought I would share with you today and tomorrow.

#1 Bad timing
Everything we do sends a message to our pet. Did you know that giving your dog affection at the wrong time can send the wrong message and worsen unwanted behavior? Giving affection during desired behaviors is an important thing to remember.

#2 Who's the boss
Who leads when you go for a walk? Do you have a patient pet sitting and waiting for his meal? Do you have your petís respect or is he jumping and climbing all over you uninvited? All of these things are worth taking a second glance at if you want to establish a leadership role in your dogís life.

#3 Table food does not equal love
So many times we get trapped by the sad eyes looking up at us while we are eating dinner or making something for ourselves in the kitchen. They stare, they cry, their tales wag and we eventually give in. The alarming fact is that most table foods we give to our dogs are very bad for them and we are creating some pretty bad habits. Dairy products, grapes, chocolate, caffeine and onions are just a few of the many things that you should never give to your dog. Donít take the chance and give them a dog safe treat insteadÖno matter how big those sad eyes get!

#4 To spay or not to spay, there is NO question
Talk to your vet about the adverse effects of not spaying or neutering your pet. In addition to the health benefits, millions of dogs and cats end up in shelters and millions are euthanized each year due to irresponsible breeding and unwanted unexpected pregnancies. There are many misconceptions about this topic and itís important to be educated. Make sure you spay or neuter your pet.

#5 I am not a human
Treating our dog like a little human is essentially ignoring the things that make them the happiest. Loving them like they are your child and treating them like they are your child are two totally different things. Donít forget that they are dogs and have doggy needs and doggy instincts.

#6 No such thing as doggy dentures
Taking time to care for your dogs teeth can help improve their quality of life. The older your dog gets the more they're going to need those chompers. Ignoring a dogs dental hygiene can lead to other health problems in your pet so talk to your vet about a good oral health care plan right away.

#7 He's just big boned
Over feeding is a common problem and can have some damaging effects on a dogís overall health, like joint issues or dangerous bloating for example. You may be shocked to find out that your little friend is tipping the scale in the wrong direction. Find out the right amount of food your dog needs and how often they should eat. Providing them with adequate exercise is also important.

Tomorrow I will blog about seven more things they say we are doing wrong with our dogs. Hope you have a beary safe and great Friday.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab