8 First-Time Dog Owner Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Getting a dog before you’re ready: Time, lifestyle, living space, cost, and type of dog are important considerations.

Not creating a plan for house training: Have a potty training plan, establish a designated bathroom area, take regular potty breaks, use positive reinforcement, and consider crate training.

Not properly socializing your dog: Socialize with different experiences, people, and places, especially within the first three months.

Skipping basic obedience training: Basic training helps establish routines, teaches commands, and ensures safety in various environments.

Overfeeding: Avoid excess treats and table scraps, feed a balanced diet, and ensure enough exercise to prevent obesity and related health issues.

Forgetting regular vet visits: Regular checkups are essential for preventative care, vaccinations, and addressing any health concerns.

Not getting enough exercise: Aim for at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, considering both physical and mental needs.

Overlooking behavioral issues: Recognize and address behavior problems through training strategies or professional help when needed.