Thanks to Bright Side, and their informative video, we are counting down the 12 most common mistakes you may be making, some unknowingly, that can be harmful to your dog.

Since we know you love your dog more than life itself, we know you want them to live the best life possible. Here are things to avoid, and be aware of, so you can ensure that your doggo lives a well-adjusted, healthy, happy life.

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#12 Picking The Wrong Collar

If you walk into any pet store, you’ll see there are a plethora of collar styles to choose from. There are breakaway collars, flat collars, collars that light up, spiky leather collars, decorative collars with pretty designs and flashy jewels– I can go on, the point is, there are so many collars and choosing the wrong one for your dog can actually be harmful.

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Breakaway collars serve their purpose. If they get caught on something, they will open up and prevent a life-threatening choking episode. These types of collars are an excellent choice for dogs who are left alone in a fenced in yard, unsupervised for extended periods of time.

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A harness is a perfect type of collar (or un-collar?) to use so that if your dog pulls while on a leash, he doesn’t feel pressure around his neck. Even the best-behaved dogs can pull, especially when they spot something they can’t wait to get to. Having your dog wear a harness ensures that Fido isn’t uncomfortable when he’s doing something that should be all about fun: walking with his fave human while exploring the world and getting exercise.

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Most important, your dog’s collar should be the right size. If it’s too big, your dog can slip out and if it’s too small, your dog will be uncomfortable. The rule of thumb is you should be able to slip two fingers easily beneath the collar. Also, be sure to check your dog’s collar continuously. Your dog can put on weight, lose weight, her fur can grow out thicker, etc.

 

#11 Leaving Your Dog Unattended In A Car

The temperature inside a car that is not running with the air on can be 10+ degrees warmer than the outside temperature. This is true even if the car is parked in the shade.

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If you’ve taken your dog out with you and need to run a quick errand on a 70-degree day and can’t bring your dog inside with you … DON’T RUN THAT ERRAND!

Leaving your dog in the car is a terrible idea, and can prove fatal. Dog lovers will agree it’s best to run errands when your dog is comfortably at home.

 

#10 Neglecting Your Pup’s Chompers

Cleaning your dog’s teeth is just as important as cleaning your own. It’s best to start as early as possible, while your dog is still a puppy, so she gets used to having her teeth cleaned (and doesn’t run away from her toothbrush like mine does!)

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Daily care is essential and dog chews that say they’re just as good as actual teeth-cleaning are giving false promises. Unless your vet says that specific chews are just as good, then they’re not. Also, remember not to use toothpaste and toothbrushes that are meant for humans. That’s not safe!