Dog expert warns against common mistakes many owners make

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.20 - 2023 10:56 AM CET

Photo: TikTok / Wikipedia Commons
Photo: TikTok / Wikipedia Commons
Dog expert warns against common mistakes many owners make.

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Dog expert Will Atherton has recently gained significant attention on social media for highlighting two common mistakes dog owners often make.

With over 22.4 million views on his TikTok videos and more than 886,000 followers, Atherton has become a go-to source for insights into improving the relationship between dogs and their owners, as reported by The Mirror.

One of the key errors Atherton points out is the prevalent habit of leaving dog food in a bowl all day.

He explains that this practice fails to establish a positive connection between food and feeding time with the owner.

Instead, Atherton advocates for fixed meal times, which not only create a routine but also strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner.

He advises, "Stop leaving food out for your dog to access whenever it wants."

Another common mistake, according to Atherton, is excessively expressing joy when leaving or returning home. He warns that this can create separation anxiety in dogs. Atherton's advice is to moderate the display of emotions during these times to help maintain a balanced emotional state for the pet.

Atherton's insights are a valuable resource for dog owners, offering practical advice on how to avoid creating behavioral issues and fostering a healthier relationship with their canine companions. His emphasis on structured feeding times and controlled emotional responses are key to nurturing a stable and happy environment for dogs.

Watch Will Atherton explain it in the video below

Are you among the dog owners who do the two things mentioned by Will Atherton? If you have any good advice on common 'mistakes' that dog owners might make, please share your thoughts in the comment section.

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