So you’ve finally decided to be a pet parent and bring a puppy home? That’s an incredible decision, and we understand how excited you are about having a canine companion. However, before you pick a puppy, there are a few things you need to know so you can avoid some of the biggest mistakes most new puppy owners make.
New puppy owners think raising a puppy is easy because they’re so charming and adorable, but it’s only a matter of time before they realized it’s not what they think. You will do yourself (and your new puppy) a favor by avoiding these common mistakes.
Choosing a dog because he s beautiful
It’s understandable that the first impression that registers on your mind when you want to see a puppy is its cuteness, but that shouldn’t be the major reason for your choice. Puppies have more than just cute looks – they have personality traits, behavioral patterns and other characteristics that are peculiar to their breed. If you want to succeed with your pup, make looks your least priority and consider other important factors first.
No house rules
It’s not uncommon for many new pet owners to unhook the leash and let their new canine friend roam the house. That might seem like a harmless decision, but the problem is that a new puppy left on its own will cause troubles that could have easily been avoided. If you don’t make the rules as soon as you bring your pooch home, it might be difficult having him keep to them after tasting unlimited freedom.
When you make rules, you have to be consistent with them. Relaxing the rules a few days after establishing them will make it harder for you to enforce them again, leading to inconsistent progress with your pup. Being inconsistent will only make you raise a badly behaved pup.
Feeling your pup is not too young to train
Most new dog owners become protective of their pet and are reluctant to start training them because they think they are too young. However, experts assert that a pup from around eight weeks is capable of learning new behaviors. Waiting till your dog grows older will only make you have a dog that behaves badly and is unwilling to learn.
Allowing a pup to get away with wrong actions
Many parents love their furry friends so much that they’re quick to ignore their wrongs. It is a grave mistake to let a pup get away with bad behavior because they’re adorable, and then hope that they will grow out of it. If you don’t correct bad behavior, you’re only reinforcing it, and it will grow worse with time. If you don’t like it, correct your pup.
Lack of socialization
Not all pups are friendly by nature. It’s up to you to help your pup learn how to interact with other dogs and humans. Most puppies have a socialization window that ends around 12-16 weeks from birth. Don’t keep your pup indoors because you assume he’s friendly by nature or too young. Take him out with you often and let him develop positive experiences so he can be a friendly, well-mannered canine citizen.
In sum, while raising a pup is not as easy as some people think, it’s a rewarding experience as it’s only a matter of time before you reap lots of love and appreciation from your new puppy to show they’re worth the effort.