If you’re like most dog owners, you think of your furry friend as a member of the family. You would never intentionally hurt your dog, but there are some things you may be doing that are unintentionally harmful. Here are 7 things you may be doing to your dog without realizing it.
1. You don’t brush your dog’s teeth
It’s important to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week. If you don’t, they will get really bad breath and you’ll have to pay for expensive dental work.
2. You feed your dog table scraps (and other unhealthy foods)
You never want to feed your dog foods that aren’t meant for them, but you might be doing it without knowing it.
3. You neglect to trim your dog’s nails
Just like humans, dogs have to have their nails trimmed. If you don’t do it, they will grow too long and cause pain for your pet.
4. You let your dog jump on people
You don’t want your dog jumping all over you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let them jump on other people. They may have a better time with a little more freedom.
5. You don’t bathe your dog often enough
Dogs can get stinky just like people. If they don’t smell good, you are less likely to want them around you.
6. You don’t let your dog off-leash
You may think it’s cute and funny to see your dog run around without a leash, but it also could be dangerous. If he is too far away, you may not be able to control him and you could lose him.
7. You let your dog lick you in the face
If your dog licks you in the face, they may be trying to show dominance over you. If you let them keep doing it, they will become more dominant.