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5 Things you should never buy for your dog

Updated on June 28, 2011

#1. Rawhide Treats: when dogs swallow larger pieces of rawhide treats, they are in danger of damaging their digestive system. They are simply not safe, and are not worth risking hundreds of dollars of veterinary bills and a sick puppy.

#2. Retractable Leash: every time the dog pulls and you follow, it teachers your pup that they are in control of where they are going. Retractable leashes are the perfect "training tools" for teaching dogs to pull their owners.

#3. Training Time, without you: taking classes with your dog has just as much to do with teaching you how to work with your pup, as it does with the pup learning commands. Good instructors observe your interaction and make you a better handler. If you are planning to send your pup to a training camp without you, only half of your team (dog + handler) is learning their part.

#4. Popular Dog Food: before you purchase next bag of food for your dog, take a look at the list of the ingredients. What is #1 ingredient? What is #2 ingredient? What is #3 ingredient? If what you are seeing is grain fillers (corn, rice, etc.), then you need to reconsider your choices, and look for a healthier option. Dogs are carnivores, after all, and their diet should be based on meat.

#5. Electric Fencing: even without getting into the debate of whether or not it's a humane training method for you pup, consider the lessons your dog is learning. "When I see a passerby - I run to greet them, and I get a correction zap! When I see someone walking their dog - I run to greet the dog, and I get a correction zap! When I see someone riding a bike - I run to greet them, and I get a correction zap! That means, crossing the line, and(!) everyone who passes by our house can cause the zap! That's a bad thing - I'll consider them danger and will be sure to bark to tell them off." Let's face it, many dogs have barking and territorial instinct built in. Do you really want to emphasize through electric fence "training"?

Ultimately, it is every owner's personal choice on what they feel is the best thing for their pet. However, if you are considering investing into one of the items listed above, I strongly encourage you to do extensive research on the topic.


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    • Kate Spenser profile image

      Kate Spenser 6 years ago from Austin, TX

      I definitely didn't know that about rawhide...will have to rethink having those for our dog.

    • Bukarella profile image

      Lyudmyla Hoffman 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for stopping by and the the welcome, Thelma!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Very good information. When training a dog, the owner should go with him for he is the boss whom the dog follows. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 6 years ago from United States

      It's very true. I'm sure if you ask your vet, they'll tell you enough horror stories to put you off of buying those ever again. There are plenty of safer alternatives, like bull sticks and frozen marrow bones to keep your dog busy and happy. :)

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      Hollie Thomas 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I didn't realize that about rawhide treats. Thanks for the info Bukerella !

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      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      You are so right about the leash. My mom has one of those for her dog and she (the dog not my mom) is the hardest thing to walk.

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      dashingclaire 6 years ago from United States

      I stopped by to checkout the list. You are so right. I really agree with the dog food and rawhide. Crap goes in, crap comes out. When I have time I make treats. Good hub.

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      GetSmart 6 years ago

      Good information!