You love your pets and have the best intentions for them. However, you’re bound to make a few mistakes. After all, caring for another living thing is no walk in the park (although those are encouraged!) Here are the top five mistakes pet owners make and how to avoid them.
1. Giving In To Whining
If your pet constantly whines for food, don’t comply with these demands. If you do, they will think that whining gets them what they want. If you’ve already fed your pet dinner, for example, and they start whining for food, you aren’t being a good pet parent by giving them extra food. You’re only contributing to potential health issues.
Make it obvious to your pet that you are in charge by avoiding giving into demands that conflict with your pet’s well-being. In a similar vein, make giving your pup their dog allergy medicine easier by placing it in foods they enjoy.
2. Scraps Off The Table
Your pet needs to learn that their pet food bowl is the specific place where they eat. If you provide them with table scraps, they will beg for food and get in the way of your peace during dinner.
If you have guests, a pet near the food may also be off-putting. Make sure your pet understands your boundaries by never giving them scraps off the table. If you want to give your pet food as a treat, place it directly in their bowl so they are not given food from anywhere else in the house.
3. Ignoring Bathroom Calls
If your pet needs to go outside, respond to their calls promptly. Ignoring them only sends them the signal that their efforts don’t get them anywhere; this will increase the likelihood of accidents in the house, which will stress you out a lot more than simply responding to their bathroom calls.
It’s also much more considerate for you to respond promptly and considerately to your pet’s bathroom needs. It’s okay if you are caught up with something and can’t get to them right away, but intend to respond as fast as you can to keep your pet on track.
4. Not Disciplining Properly
Unfortunately, for it to be effective, disciplining an animal is a very specific process. Many pet owners, with good intentions, punish their pets by misusing positive and negative reinforcement.
Before you start training your pet, get advice or have your pet trained by a professional directly. This way, you avoid mistakes that prevent your pet from learning what they need to do.
5. Not Giving Your Pet Enough Attention
If you neglect your pet, they will become depressed and lead unfulfilling lives; this is no way to treat an animal. Be real about the true costs of pet ownership: you shouldn’t have one if you are too busy to care for them properly.
Your pet does not need constant attention, but they do need sufficient attention every day. If you are not giving your pet adequate attention, correct the issue immediately, or find a home for your pet that will provide them with what they desire.
Make Changes To Give Your Pets What They Need
Pets are certainly there to provide people with emotional support. However, they also need their own emotional support to live healthy lives. Consider the above comments on the common mistakes that pet owners make and see where you fall.
Like you, your pet deserves the best, so don’t get into the habit of making these common mistakes. Make changes as necessary to better the health and happiness of your pets.