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Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes First-Time Pet Owners Make


If you ask any pet owner about the experience of living with their fur babies, they’ll likely gush about how adorable and perfect they are. The way they retell stories about how their canine or feline friend did something funny at home one day may have convinced you to adopt a furry companion for yourself.

However, what they don’t tell you is that there’s a lot more to pet ownership than fun, meme-able moments. There will be times when you’ll stress over the well-being of your fur baby. In fact, one of the first things you should know is how to keep your pets safe.

Most Common Mistakes New Pet Owners Make

There are no cookie-cutter solutions for taking proper care of your pet, so it can become easy to make mistakes. If you want to avoid putting them in unnecessary discomfort or danger, know and avoid the most common errors pet-owners make.

  1. Picking the wrong animal or breed for your lifestyle

If you love animals, it’s strange to think that certain animals aren’t right with you. However, certain animals may not really fit in with certain types of people. This is especially true if you’re planning to get a dog.

For example, a family living in a condominium may not have the best experience if they choose to adopt a Siberian Husky. While this breed looks beautiful, it’s poorly suited for apartment living and needs plenty of attention.

  1. Not giving your pets enough exercise

Like human beings, our pets need avenues to stretch their legs and get some exercise. In fact, some specific dog breeds need to expend their energy. Otherwise, they will ruin your home furniture with scratches and bite marks. Not giving your pets enough time to walk or run will only lead to headaches and broken pieces of furniture.

  1. Letting your pet sleep on your bed

Before buying your first pet, you probably imagined an idyllic picture of you going to bed with your best boy or girl snoozing beside you. However, did you know that it’s a bad idea to let them get used to sleeping on your couch or bed?

While there are benefits to letting your pooch or kitty sleep with you, some studies have found that letting them do so can result in poorer sleep quality. Your pets can also eat up space that can otherwise be reserved for you.

  1. Not training early enough

There’s no better feeling than bringing your new dog or cat home for the first time. However, make sure not to enjoy letting them explore your home too much without training them. Not doing so will lead to your pets developing poor habits that can undermine your authority in your household.

  1. Not neutering or spaying your pet

Messing with your pet’s reproductive system may be an issue that you’re either not comfortable dealing with or isn’t at the top of your priority list. However, not neutering and spaying your pets can produce plenty of headaches that could have been avoided. Aggressive personalities and the risk of unwanted pregnancies are high when you leave your pet’s sensitive parts as is.

  1. Avoiding visits to the vet

Do you think you should only bring your pets to the vet when they’re sick? This kind of thinking is another major mistake that newbie fur parents commit. While it is true that appointments with the local vet can cost a pretty penny, not having a clear knowledge of your pet’s health will only put them in more danger than necessary.

  1. Believing pets will outgrow their unruly behavior

If you think your fur baby can outgrow their aggression towards strangers through dog bites or their habit of chewing on your gadgets, you’re wrong. Not letting them know which behaviors are unacceptable will only reinforce the idea that what they’re doing is fine and should be done more regularly.

How to Avoid These Common Mistakes

While these rookie mistakes can cost you a lot of headaches and money, they can, fortunately, be averted. These tips should help even out the learning curve that comes with pet ownership.

  • Research whether you’re ready for pet ownership

Read up on pet ownership to learn what it takes to care for the fur baby you plan to bring home. Learn how to create a pet-friendly home by reading up on the best food for them or the common diseases that affect the breed you plan on getting.

  • Take obedience classes with your pet

Since this is your first foray into pet ownership, it’s best to learn techniques to lead and discipline your pets from people who have experience. Take dog training classes from respected dog trainers in your area. If you don’t have the time to go to a trainer personally, there are online classes that can show you the ropes from the comforts of your home.

  • Expose your pet to other people and pets

If you often have people over, it’s in your pet’s best interests to immediately get used to those people. You can set up play dates with other pet owners in your neighborhood, so they learn how to act around other people and animals.

  • Ask other pet owners for advice

Pet ownership can become a shared experience. If there are areas of living with a pet that you just don’t get, reach out to friends and acquaintances who know what they are doing. They are usually more than happy to help you sort your problems out.

Live a Happy Life with Your Furry Friend

Since this is your first time living with a pet, making mistakes that your baby wouldn’t like is unavoidable. However, as long as you’re willing and quick to learn from your mistakes, you can give your pets the best life possible.

Author: Garry Everrett

Author Bio:

Garry Everrett is a Tech Geek who is a freelance writer by passion. Mostly, he writes about topics revolving around the latest gadget and technology, specializing in new or refurbished iMac. In his free time, he likes to walk his dog, read sci-fi novels, and play golf.


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