Just as with kids, how we parent our companions will determine how they listen, behave, interact with people, and mature.  There are many ways to do successfully do parenting, but a few points that we have to wait for, as puppies grow up and new dogs enter our lives.

Some of the five most common parenting mistakes are listed below.  Many of these are recommended by Vets and animal behaviorists who constantly take care of dogs. Parenting a dog while trying to avoid these steps can be challenging, but the result is huge when our dogs grow up to be good pets who are properly trained and socialized.

  1. )Choosing an unhealthy breed of dog.
     Some breeds carry more risk for medical issues and a short lifespan than other breeds. The most common example is the bulldog.  Other breeds are also prone to some medical issues brought in by heredity or lax breeding standard. It’s a good idea to do some research on how healthy and long-lived breeds are and what ailments they are prescribed to encounter during their lifetime.  A strong argument can be made for looking out for responsible breeders, whose dogs can produce offspring which are likely to be free of any kind of medical issue.
  1. )Waiting for a long time to socialize your puppy or dog.
      Puppies and new dogs should be socialized as soon as possible. The best opportunity for puppy socialization is within the first three to four months, they should be vaccinated regularly as recommended, but it’s good to introduce them to other adults, kids, and dogs, as puppies enjoy new experiences during this time, they are open to meet new people and pets.  If the new dog is older, then also it is good to socialize, so that you can identify the situations where they are comfortable and where they still need work.

3.)Making the dog walk you.
 It may not sound like a big deal, but try not to let your dog walk you. You should always have control of your dog and don’t let assert its dominance over you.  A properly trained dog should walk only on your left side with their nose even or slightly behind your left leg. According to Pet Care research, thousands of people are injured and got hospitalized each year as a result of dogs pulling too hard on the leash.

4.)Not making house rules or setting up boundaries.
 A good example of a disobedient dog and an unmatched dog-human relationship is due to not setting up any house rules. It also leads to dogs’ dominant behavior.  Start as early as day1 of the puppy or new dog when enters the home. The gates need to be installed or that boundary needs to be addressed via training.  The same rule is for jumping on people,  scratching walls or furniture, or barking without any reason.

5.) Focusing more on giving punishment than praise.
  If your pet has done an accident and you catch him, then it is okay to make him realize that he shouldn’t have done it inside the house.  But, if you don’t catch him red-handed, then punishing him will not be of any use. The desired approach is to reward the positive behavior of your pet while reducing the opportunities to make the same mistakes again.