1. Failure to research the source of the dog - Dogs
should come from a reputable breeder or a good rescue
group. Pet stores and friends' backyards are the worst
places to find an animal. Some dogs might be bred to
be hunters or work dogs and will need plenty of
stimulation. Others might be bred for companionship. Ask about the
2. Failure to train and socialize - It is vital to
train and socialize a pet as soon as it comes into the
home. Even adult dogs need to start training and
socializing as soon as adopted or bought. Failing to
do so could lead to problems later on.
3. Failure to be consistent (owner is always changing
the rules) - This is true for both training and daily
life. When rules change, the dog becomes confused.
This leads to stress, anxiety and possibly acting out.
4. Failure to research desired dog - Not all dogs are
equal. Do you want a laid-back breed, a jogging buddy
or a small dog?
5. Failure to realize various commitments - Dogs are
nearly as much work as children. The less time spent
with your dog, the more chance for behavioral issues.
This information was supplied by:
The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project