What Are Some Common Mistakes New Dog Owners Make?
New dog owners can become easily overwhelmed, but that’s often because they failed to do a bit of research before making the decision to bring a new pet into the home. Save yourself some heartache and possible regret by investing some time learning about the process of becoming a dog owner and what to expect as your puppy grows and develops.
Here are some common mistakes new dog owners make:
1. Not Doing Enough Research
Choosing a puppy to add to your family is a big deal. That’s why the first step in Central Illinois Doodles’ reservation process is research. You want to ensure the puppy you select is a good fit for your family.
Doing proper research allows you to learn more about various traits of the puppy, which will help you determine if it’s the right puppy for you. You can learn more about the puppy’s diet, life span, body language, potential illnesses and other characteristics to help you decide if you can adequately care for the puppy for years to come. Some additional questions to consider include:
- Is the dog child-friendly?
- Will the dog fit in with all my family members?
- Should I get a puppy or an adult dog?
- What lifetime costs can I expect to incur with this dog?
- Is there enough room in my home for this dog?
- Does this dog fit with my current lifestyle?
- What kind of grooming will this dog require?
- Does this dog’s personality fit mine?
2. Not Budgeting Accordingly
A common mistake many first-time dog owners make is underestimating the expenses of owning a dog. The cost of caring for a puppy can add up very quickly. Food, training, grooming, veterinarian visits, medications, treats and toys can take a toll on a budget if owners don’t plan for them in advance. New pet owners often run into trouble because they don’t consider costs outside of those associated with adopting the puppy.
3. Picking the Wrong Dog
Many dog owners admit to choosing a dog quickly rather than learning about the dog’s personality traits and temperament. Some dog owners have even admitted to choosing dogs based on looks rather than considering the potential size.
As a first-time pet parent, take time to learn as much as possible about the puppy you want to adopt. This will help you avoid some common pitfalls that can lead puppy owners to regret their decision.
4. Skipping Dog Training
Obedience school not only teaches your puppy to obey commands, but also helps establish a bond between you and your new pet. Skipping obedience classes is one of the mistakes dog owners make that causes both the puppy and the dog owner to miss out on many benefits.
Many dog owners make the additional mistake of thinking they can train their puppy themselves instead of hiring a professional dog trainer. However, most dogs really benefit from professional training. While it’s possible to train your dog yourself, hiring a professional may save you some time and frustration.
In addition to obedience training, you should also invest in crate training for your puppy.
5. Not Being Consistent With Rules
Not being consistent with rules is another common mistake dog owners make. It can be tempting to allow your cute new puppy to run wild in your home as everyone gets to know the new family member. However, failure to maintain consistency with house rules can lead to trouble in the long run. Be consistent if you want a well-behaved new pup. For example, if you’re not going to allow your puppy to sit on your furniture, establish and maintain that rule early. Going back and forth confuses the puppy and makes it difficult for it to adhere to your expectations.
You’ll also want to speak to a professional when you’re choosing your animal companion to make sure you’re choosing one known for good behavior. Central Illinois Doodles is a family-owned breeder of Bernedoodles and Goldendoodles. We’ve worked hard to build our reputation as one of the best doodle breeders in the Midwest. Take a look at the puppies available on our website and let us know if you have questions.