First-Time Dog Owner Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Written By Alla Levin
April 29, 2024

First-Time Dog Owner Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


  • Research Before Getting a Dog: Understand the needs, habits, and care requirements to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Ensure Readiness: Confirm your family’s readiness for a dog to prevent stressful outcomes.
  • Prioritize Training: Train your dog early to avoid behavioral issues and ensure socialization.

Being a first-time dog owner is no small feat. If you have just purchased German Shepherd puppies, then you will want to ensure that you give them the best life possible. Unfortunately, there are many mistakes that dog owners make when they get their first dog, and that is completely normal.

Everyone needs to experience and learn. However, it can be helpful to do your research and understand what these common mistakes are so you can learn what not to do. This can help save you a lot of time, money, and grief.

To help you on your journey to being a first-time dog owner and create a great life for you and your new four-legged friend, here are some top mistakes that you should avoid. 

Not doing your research 

Research is the most important thing you can do when you get a new dog. Many first-time dog owners may just think that owning a dog is simple or perhaps they know another dog in their life that they have spent time with.

But spending time with a dog and owning one is very different, and not conducting sufficient research is a big mistake.

Many things seem easy and simple on the surface when getting a dog, for example, thinking that you just need to feed it and walk it, and it will cuddle up with you at night. Unfortunately, it is not that easy.

When you get a puppy, it will be a clean slate and require everything from behavior to toilet training.

If you get an older dog, it will already have a lot of habits and behaviors that have formed. You will also need to know what your specific dog needs, how much exercise it requires, what diet you should feed it, its temperament, the costs that are involved, and much more. 

Getting a dog before you and your family are ready 

A big mistake people make is getting a dog when they are not ready, and this results in a stressful situation and then having to give the dog away which is very sad for the dog, and your family.

As long as you conduct thorough research, you will be able to avoid this mistake as you will better understand what you need to have in place and what kind of commitment your dog will have.

This will help you to understand when the right time for you and your family to obtain a dog will be. 

Not training your dog

Training your dog is a really important part of having a dog, and is a time-consuming commitment that not many people realize they take on. This leads to making the mistake of neglecting training. This is bad as it can lead to a dog who is anxious and cannot socialize.

It may also lead to a dog who is not toilet trained and is disobedient. You will then struggle to take your dog out and have a pleasant time. Make sure you train your dog right from the outset.

Create a plan of action, house rules, and even speak to a specialist. 

There are many things to consider when getting a dog. Make sure you avoid these common mistakes so you and your dog can lead a happy life. 

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