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Common Dog Care Mistakes

June 1, 2021

Did you know that dogs have been our friends and companions for as much as 40,000 years? We’ve had quite a long time to get to know Fido! Like any other animal, dogs need food, shelter, and water to survive. However, those are just dogs’ most basic needs. It takes more than kibble and walks to keep your furry best friend happy and healthy. It’s also easy to misinterpret pups, or forget that they don’t have the same needs as we do. Read on as a local Bend, OR vet lists some common dog care mistakes.


Lack Of Training

Training isn’t only important for your dog’s manners. It’s also crucial for safety. Teaching Fido basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come won’t just get you a well-behaved pet … it can also prevent tragedies.


Letting Fido Roam

We know, many people like to let their pets run around off leash at home. However, this can be very dangerous. It only takes a minute for Fido to get spooked, or for accidents to happen.


Lack Of Exercise

Staying fit and healthy is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Most pups need at least a daily walk. Our canine buddies are all unique, so ask your vet how much exercise is proper for your furry buddy.


Negative Reinforcement 

Fido is cute, smart, and loyal, but he isn’t perfect. Sooner or later, he’ll do something wrong: have an accident in the house, chew your shoes, or eat your sofa cushions. When these things happen, don’t punish your four-legged pal. You can tell him ‘No’ in a firm tone, but anything more than that may just confuse or frighten him.


Not Enough Entertainment/Stimulation

Mental stimulation is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Our canine friends are very smart, and can get quite bored and restless with nothing to do but stare at the walls! Make sure your pooch has plenty of toys to play with, and take time to walk and play with him regularly.


Bonus: Insufficient Belly Rubs

Dogs get very attached to their humans, and they’re always happiest when they feel loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to your furry best friend! 


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bend, OR vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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