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scarfish 08-28-2014 05:14 PM

3 mistakes you've made
 
Just for fun. What's 3 mistakes you've made with dogs.

For out first we put the wee wee pads down on the carpeted living room. Till she was potty trained all accidents happened in the living room.

Out first fell out the window of the car cause the window was all the way down. Luckily we were stopped at a red light.

The first bag of food we bought was kibbles and bits. Gave julie a rash and digestive distress. Now feed natures variety.

Let's hear yours.

Ace GSD 08-28-2014 05:35 PM

My first was that i got my baby w/o asking my apartment office their breed restriction. I thought there were only weight limit. We had only 5 months left in the contract and figured that he wouldnt pass 75 lbs when he reach 7 months and we would be wrong about that too cause he was 57 lbs at 5 months old.

Second mistake i made was i didn't take enough time when switching kibble and paid the price. 5 days of making up with nasty crate to clean...gross and its not even a small crate.

Third mistake is not having pet seat cover heading to the lake... We dont have SUV so the backseat was all wet and dirty ( we forgot to bring towel too )

Pax8 08-28-2014 05:49 PM

1. Before I researched dog nutrition, my family fed all our dogs Beneful. I used to think constant itch and loose hair was just part of being a dog. Glad I did research when I got older. My family still feeds crap brands, but all my dogs will be raw fed from here on out.

2. Relationship building was not a thing when I was a kid. I sort of stumbled into building a working relationship with a rottweiler when I trained him to be a herding dog. But all my family's other dogs were basically furry furniture that we fed. I get sad sometimes when I realize they missed out on a lot of what makes a dog/human relationship great. And I missed out on a lot of it.

3. Our dogs all ate all kinds of terrible stuff around the property. My family wasn't exactly dog-smart so if a dog got himself into some rope and got it bound up in his guts, we didn't think to take him to a vet. Dogs typically didn't fare well on our property unless they stayed to themselves. Anything smaller than a collie inevitably was eaten by coyotes and anything larger ended up fatally injuring itself or consuming something fatal.

Overall, I'm glad I've grown so much and learned a mountain's worth of infortmation since that time. It's definitely helped me become a better dog owner. Also glad I've found my passion in dog training. I still think back sometimes though and I'm always disappointed in how little common sense 12 year old me seemed to possess.

Ace GSD 08-28-2014 05:54 PM

Pax im from asia now live in US and most dogs live in my home country are like that and people actualy think fleas and ticks is part of a dog's life :(

Kahrg4 08-28-2014 06:04 PM

1. When I was in high school I whole heartedly bought into the popular televised 'alpha rolling' approach to dog training. :/

2. Growing up all our dogs were always kenneled all day. It wasn't until after college I realized some dogs could be allowed freedom during the day. Felt bad retrospectively for keeping the good ones cooped up unnecessarily.

3. I used to be one of those people who would approach all puppies and let them jump all over me. Sorry past general public!

Debanneball 08-28-2014 07:00 PM

1- wearing a flea collar so I would not get them
2- puppy not eating, fried some liver to entice her to eat....wow, messy
3- not putting safetly locks on power windows. Lady stood on window up button, Lucky's head got stuck.....scary.. Drove down road like crazy lady, windows wouldn't work for me...honking the horn...stopped, windows worked thank god, Lucky was okay, but scared.

Mikelia 08-28-2014 09:23 PM

I really, really, really want to excel in competitive obedience. The precision of heelwork amazes me. I am an amazing pet trainer, but sport training is new to me. When Eli was young we trained, had fun and got our RN. I wanted the CD so we trained - really hard. I killed his enthusiasm. We NQd our first five times out :( We ended up taking two years off from obedience, did nose work and agility, had fun and this spring got our RA. And finally, earlier this month, got our first leg to our CD. He has been a HUGE learning experience for me.
Falling asleep on the couch while a puppy is loose. Never fall asleep with a loose puppy :P
Allowing my dog to visit any other dog on leash. Eli was attacked when he was 12 weeks old and I have never forgave myself for it.

MichaelE 08-28-2014 10:07 PM

Giving Lisl cream cheese on a cracker when she was a pup. OMG. :eek:

trcy 08-28-2014 11:25 PM

1) I trusted my vet when Riley was sick
2) I let my oldest dog play with tennis balls. He wore his k9's down.
3) When my female dog wanted on the couch I lifter her without supporting her rear end. She then got a really bad spinal cord injury. Thankfully it was only swelling in about a month of crate rest and she was better.

.....my biggest mistakes are always those that impact my dogs the most.

car2ner 08-29-2014 06:38 AM

1. since we have hard wood floors we'd "play rough" in the bedroom which is carpeted. Had to reteach our pup that the bedroom is a quite resting place.

2. when buying a crate look at the dimensions. Chose by size, not suggested weight.

3. not being firm with my husband about kitchen rules. I found both he and the dog snooping in the fridge together. My pup was all about looking for celery while my hubby snooped for sausage. It was cute (wish I had a photo) but I didn't let them catch me smiling. I told my hubby "Hey, you know better! Get that dog out of the vegetable crisper."


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