If you are reading this article is more than obvious that you are a Heeler owner, and one of the things you want for your dog is provide him all the things you can to make him happy and healthy. However, we sometimes can be doing some things that can potentially harm our furry family members without even knowing. As humans we all make mistakes, so In this article, we want to explore and make you know a few of these common mistakes so that you can avoid these incidents in the future.
Letting your dog eat everything
If there is a common mistake that not experienced dog owners do is to feed their dogs with human food. Never feed human food to your dog, it’s way too salty, too spicy and too fatty for them. Actually, many of the food we consume is very dangerous and even toxic for our pups. Moreover, dogs learn very fast. Never feed them or give them from your food while you are eating. That will create a bad habit in your dog which is to beg for food everytime he sees you with food in your hands.
Neglecting your dog’s teeth
The same that happens with human teeths happens with dogs. these teeth need to be brushed just like yours. If you get a pup, you should start taking care of their teeths in order to create this habit. So, if you are not doing it, it is time for you to help your dog to get their teeths cleaned.
Leaving a dog alone in the car
You can do whatever thing in life, but NEVER ever leave your dog inside of car. Researchers have found that the temperature inside a car can go up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, even if the car is parked in the shade. It is known that dogs don’t sweat like us and overheating can happen much quicker than you expect.
Choosing the wrong collar
There are many things to consider when choosing a collar for your dog. If it’s too big, the dog may escape and if it’s too small, it could be squishing the dog’s neck. The general rule to get the perfect collar is, for small and medium size dogs, you should be able to place one your finger between the collar/harness and the pup. For large and extra-large dogs, 2 fingers should fit.
Yelling when your dog does something wrong
If you are trying to discipline a dog, yelling is not an option. It has been demonstrated that yelling at your dog to discipline him does not work, you’re just freaking your dog out.
Not securing your dog in the car
If we are with a baby in the car we all use belts for children and there’s a reason for it. The same happens with dogs, the can get injured if a car accident happens, so securing your dog in the car is the best you can do.
A lack of stimulation
If there is something dogs need is constant mental and physical stimulation, especially working breeds. Digging, chewing or ripping things apart are some of the activities dogs that don’t get much stimulation do. Going for a walk, playing with him or even just talking with your dog is an excellent way to stimute him.
Using physical punishment
Using physical punishment is the worst thing you can do to your dog, the only thing you will do is o make your dog scared of people and you. If your dog does naughty things all the time, to sign up for obedience school is the best option.
Bringing puppies to a dog park
It is known tha dogs are very social. However, you must think twice before taking a small puppy to a dog park. Consider that large dogs can be very rough when playing and running around, they may scare or even accidentally hurt your puppy.
Leaving harmful objects around
Sometimes being the owner of an adventurous dog can be very difficult and gets them into all sorts of trouble. Make sure to kae your house dog-friendly by putting away anything your pet can chew or swallow like medication, nails, batteries, and socks.