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  • Tips for All Dog Owners

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 10:03 am

    We all love our pets so we want to do all that we can to maintain their safety. But even if we have the best intentions, there are a few big mistakes that dog owners can make.

    Whether you’re a long-time dog owner or you’ve just adopted your first puppy, here are some mistakes dog owners should never make.

    1. Leaving your dog unattended in a car.

    When you have your pup in your car, it may seem harmless to lock them inside while you run into the grocery store or the post office. But no matter how quick your errand is, you shouldn’t leave your dog in the car unattended.

    In the warm summer months, your dog may overheat. But even in the spring or fall when the weather is cool, your dog may get sick in the car. In serious cases, your dog may die if they’re in the car for too long.

    2. Using crates inappropriately.

    Crates are wonderful tools and every dog should know how to be comfortable in a crate. What happens if there's a fire and you need to be evacuated, or what if your pup needs to spend the night at the vet's office? Your dog should see his crate as a safe haven where good things (naps, treats, chews, etc.) happen. They can be necessary for dogs to sleep in or when you’re leaving the house to prevent them from making poor choices when you're not around to address them. But when crates get used as punishment, dogs may begin to associate their nice "house" - they are den animals after all - with the negative.

    Be sure your dog is spending a balanced amount of time outside as it is inside with the family. Likewise, only use the crate when necessary and never as a form of punishment.

    3. Not giving the dog proper health care.

    Just like humans, dogs can get sick. While we don’t always think of health care for our animals, it is necessary that our pets see a vet regularly and that they get medical attention when needed.

    Dogs also need proper oral hygiene. Unfortunately, most dog owners never or rarely concern themselves with the animal’s teeth. We recommend species-appropriate chews like antlers, bully sticks, hooves, frozen marrow bones, etc. These are natural solutions and are absolutely wonderful for your pup's teeth. And if you can't do that, toothbrush is enough to properly clean your dog’s gums and teeth, however, you should never use human toothpaste on your dog.

    For more advice on properly raising and caring for your dog in San Fernando Valley, CA, contact the Connected Canine Dog Training center.

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