Leave Them in a Car

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Dogs depend on their owners for everything. From food to shelter to affection, as a dog owner you have made a promise to your dog that you will provide these things and much more to them.

It is no easy take taking care of your dog, though. We all make mistakes sometimes. Just to be sure that you are giving your dog the best life possible, here are some things that you should never do to your dog.

Never leave your dog in a hot car. The temperature can rise so high that your dog can suffer and eventually die if left in the car for too long.

Give Them Too Much Food

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Don’t overfeed your dog. Sometimes dogs are unaware of when you are full, so they will keep eating. To make sure you are giving them the right amount of food, follow a schedule and talk to your vet.

Not Pay Attention to Their Teeth

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Just like how we brush our teeth everyday, you should pay attention to your dog’s teeth. Don’t forget to make them dental appointments once in a while and give them a teeth cleaning bone.

Be Violent Towards Them

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You should never get physically violent with your dog. You wouldn’t do it to a person, so don’t do it to your dog.

Punishment by Crate

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Never use putting your dog in their crate as a punishment. This will confuse them and make it more difficult to train them.

Chain Them Up

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It’s okay to chain up your dog for a little while, but don’t do it for a long period of time. This has a great effect on their mental health and can cause depression and anxiety.

Miss the Vet

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Don’t forget to take your dog to the vet, especially if it is hurt or sick.

Pet on Top of Their Head

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Since dogs can’t look upwards, don’t pet them directly on top of the head at first. This could startle them. Let them see your hand before you start petting them.

Be Too Lenient

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It’s hard to say no to your dog, especially when it’s so cute. However, if you want to train a great dog, then you have to crack down sometimes.

Stare Them in the Eye

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Never stare at a dog directly in their eyes. They may take it as a form of aggression or challenge for who is the alpha.

Only Have One Walking Route

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Change up your dog’s walking route every so often. They will get bored with the same route all the time.

Confusing Affection

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If you try to discipline your dog, but show them affection instead, they are bound to be confused. This can lead to an ill-trained dog.

Let Them Pull You

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Don’t let your dog pull you along while going for a walk. Let them know who’s in charge by giving the leash a little tug.

Not Spaying or Neutering

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When you spay or neuter your dog, it can make them calmer and increase their overall health. It also helps with the overpopulation issue.

Put on the Wrong Collar

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Make sure you give your dog the right collar. It shouldn’t be too big or too small and fit just right.

Give Them Table Food

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It can be hard to say no to your dog when he’s begging for food from your plate. Stay strong. Giving them food can lead to bad behavior.

Making Them Walk on Hot Surfaces

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Concrete gets very hot during the summer. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it’s too hot for your dog.

Let Children Jump on Them

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Kids love playing with dogs, but don’t let them jump on your dog. They can get hurt this way or aggravated with the child.

Forget About Water

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It’s important to stay hydrated. Don’t forget to fill up your dog’s water bowl if it’s empty.

Groom Them

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Depending on your dog and where you live, you may have to shave them during the summer so that they don’t overheat from the weather.

Too Much Exercise

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It’s true that dogs need a lot of exercise, but don’t overdo it for them. Let them rest when they need it.

Skip a Flea Treatment

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Always remember to give your dog their flea treatments. Fleas can be extremely uncomfortable and even latch on to you.

Drive with Them in the Bed of a Truck

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This is an extremely unsafe place to put a dog while you are driving. They could jump out or slide around during a hard stop.

Not Cutting Their Nails

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Just like humans, you have to cut your dog’s nails every once in a while. It can be uncomfortable for them and make it harder to walk sometimes.

Put a Muzzle On Them

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Never put a muzzle on your dog. It’s cruel. They can also induce stress in the dog and be painful.

Let Them Run Loose

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Don’t let your dog wander outside by himself. Having a fenced in yard is the best way to go if you don’t always want your dog on a leash. When you let them roam around then they may get lost.

Compare Them to Cats

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There is a reason why there are cat people and dog people. Cats and dogs are extremely different. The only thing they have in common is that they are both popular house pets.

Don’t Check for Ticks

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You should always check your dog’s fur for ticks if they have been running around in a wooded area. If a tick is stuck in your dog too long it can make them ill.

Yell at Your Dog

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Sometimes your dog can make your mad or frustrated. Refrain from yelling at them, though. It may scare and confuse them.

Allow Them to Eat Their Toys

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Many dogs love to chew up their toys. It may seem harmless, but if they swallow any rubber or plastic it can affect their digestive tract.

Forget About Vaccinations

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Just like how it is important to vaccinate children, it’s important to vaccinate your dog when necessary. This will help keep your dog healthy and free of dangerous diseases.

Not Putting Sunscreen on Them

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Dogs can get sunburned too. You can find sunscreen specifically for dogs in your local pet shop.

Put Them in the Cold

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If you let your dog run around in the snow, don’t leave them outside for too long. The cold is just as dangerous to them as it is to us.

Ignore Them

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Dogs require a lot of attention. Never ignore your dog or else it can start to feel anxious. Show them how much you love them and play with them often.