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Dog Care Mistakes

Did you know that dogs have been standing at our sides … and sleeping at our feet … for as much as 30,000 years? We’ve had a long time to get to know Fido. However, it’s easy to forget that he has his own perceptions and care needs, some of which are quite different from ours. An Eau Claire, WI vet lists some common dog care mistakes in this article.

Lack Of Training

You don’t necessarily have to teach Fido to fetch your remote or bring your slippers, but he should know basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This isn’t just about manners: it’s also important for both your furry pal’s safety and the safety of others.

Not Enough Stimulation/Activity

Fido is pretty active by nature, and he can get very bored and restless if he has nothing to do but stare at the walls. Make sure your canine companion has plenty of fun toys, and take time to walk and play with him every day.

Punishment

Man’s Best Buddy is very smart, but he isn’t perfect. Fido does have some bad habits, such as digging and chewing. These things can be frustrating, but you should never punish your pooch for misbehaving. Dogs don’t see things in the same way we do: the concept of punishment is foreign to them. A verbal reprimand is fine if you catch your furry friend in the act, but other than that, focus on rewarding good behavior.

Letting Fido Roam

We can’t state this one enough. Never let your canine buddy roam freely when you aren’t supervising him. This can be dangerous, both for Fido and others.

Lack Of Grooming

Proper grooming will keep Fido looking (and smelling) nice! Dogs all have their own beauty care needs. Some pups only require occasional baths, while others need to be bathed every month. Dental care and paw trims are also important. 

Overfeeding

Did you know that over half of our canine companions are overweight? Those extra pounds are very bad for Fido’s health. We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable, pleading face, but you aren’t doing your pup any favors by overindulging him. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on portion controls.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Eau Claire, WI animal clinic, today! 

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