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List of the five biggest mistakes new pet owners make
This is the Gaby Popper’s list of the five biggest mistakes new pet owners make. This list is the result of the insights given by our clients during 40 years of experience of Montreal Dog Training, Puppy Training and Dog Obedience in the Montreal region.
1. Leaving a puppy unattended. All the horror stories he’s ever heard are preceded by “I just left him for a few minutes,” said Popper. “You wouldn’t leave an infant unattended, don’t leave your puppy unattended either. If you have to leave, crate him, it’s safer.”
2. Impatience. Overdoing it: “In the first few weeks, people can get frustrated — they over-yell, over-yank, overexpose, overexert.” It’s like having a newborn — it’s a new way of life. You wouldn’t stand over a newborn’s crib and yell if they had an accident. And if you do that with a puppy you intimidate it and it’s not a good start.
3. Chew toys. “People buy their pets things that are made of fabrics and materials that are found in the house, like cotton, rubber, etc. And then they get frustrated when they come home to find their brand new running shoes have been chewed or their new rug.” Instead, stick to things like an ice cube or a carrot stick, and it’s healthy to boot!
4. Hyperness is not happiness. “Don’t over-excite the puppy, don’t make funny noises, don’t yell… If your objective is a calm dog, then work towards your objective.”
5. Lack of exercise. Most people don’t appreciate the amount of exercise a dog needs to be physically and mentally healthy. Count on at least an hour of exercise per day, depending on the breed. Never buy a dog based on their looks.
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