Pet owners really like to show how much they love their animals. But sometimes, gestures that are meant well do more harm than good. Here are 10 mistakes that quite a few (potential) pet owners make:
1. Forgetting that their world revolves around us
Like babies, animals need our attention. As well as feeding them and taking them for daily walks, you should always find the time to play with them and to stroke them. Dogs and cats love to spend time with people.
Our advice: never underestimate and forget how important you are to your pets.
2. Shouting at them for every mistake and any disobedience
Our pets have feelings too and know when they have done something wrong. They even feel guilty and ashamed. Act like it's your job to educate them properly, and that you are ultimately responsible for any misbehavior. Then they only do wrong when you don't explain yourself properly.
Our advice: no matter how much it upsets you when your pet does something wrong, stay calm and don't deviate from your training methods. When you yell in anger, it confuses and frightens your pet, which makes everything worse.
3. Leaving them alone for long periods
Sometimes we think that our animals can amuse themselves or simply sleep when we're away. That's not quite true. If cats and dogs are alone for many hours, they become nervous and sad.
Our advice: if you're staying away from home over night, invite a friend or relative to take care of your pet. You could also buy another pet as a playmate for the first one.
4. Waking up house pets when we want to
In exactly the same way you try to be quiet when a family member is having a nap, you should also take care not to disturb a sleeping pet. Even animals should be able to sleep in peace, as a sudden awakening can be very stressful, especially if this happens regularly.
Our advice: pets don't need to be coddled like infants, however, you shouldn't wake them up without a particular reason.
As humans, when we are stared at, it usually makes us feel uncomfortable. In the Animal Kingdom, staring means that you are in danger and are about to fight.
Our advice: when you look lovingly at your pet, take care not to do it too intrusively or conspicuously.
6. Using different words for the same command
In your dog's mind, "Fetch your toy!" and "Where is the ball?" are two different things. Using instructions that are not specific enough can confuse your pet.
Our advice: use just one word or phrase for a concrete instruction.
7. Sharing food
For some people, it seems unbelievably difficult not to share their food with their house pet. However, it isn't a good idea. Our food is not designed to meet the nutritional needs of our animals, which is why it can potentially damage their health. If you want to see your adored animal companion in the best of health, then talk to your vetinarian about what you should feed them and when.
Our advice: don't feed your pet fast food or other processed food. For any questions about their diet, visit a specialist.
8. Ignoring it when your pets are lazy
Like humans, animals need to keep moving to stay healthy. Even if your dog or cat has a hatch for getting out — a little walk or some other activity can work wonders. Too little activity can often lead to them becoming overweight and having joint problems.
Our advice: try to spend time with your pet in the fresh air at least once a day. You can play or simply go for a short run.
9. Kissing and cuddling
Every time we pass by our dog or cat, we like it best when we can take them in our arms and hug them. Unfortunately, for our beloved four-legged friends, this is often very stressful, as it doesn't happen in the animal world. Too much affection can confuse your pets.
Our advice: you can teach your pet the signal word "on," so they know beforehand that they are about to be picked up and hugged.
10. Delayed training
It's hard to be tough and consistent when dealing with puppies or kittens. We often believe that there's always enough time for proper training, but the opposite is true. The sooner an animal learns what is right and what is wrong, the easier it will learn and understand.
Our advice: you have to correct any wrongdoing immediately. If you discover a yellow puddle after getting in from work, don't waste any time and don't be lenient. At the same time, you should praise your pet when it does something right. Doing this will create positive associations, as well as instilling the desired behavior in the longterm.
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