Owning a dog can be one of life's great pleasures as long as it remains happy in the home.
Keep that tail wagging with these helpful tips for dog owners everywhere. The reward of a friendship with a dog is worth the investment.
The friendship between a dog and its owner is unlike any relationship in the world. When the friendship is nurtured, a dog can rise from the position of household pet to companion and partner in just a few short days.
Rules and structure
When you think about it, dogs and children are not terribly dissimilar, and children are happiest when they have clear boundaries, a set schedule and know what to expect. Dogs thrive in environments in which healthy rules are enforced. It's part of their pack mentality. While every family has a different schedule, your dog will do best when he or she has a general idea of what the day will look like. Ideas to create structure include:
How do you feel during hour twelve of a Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon? Pretty bad, especially if you're covered in Cheetos, right? Dogs are no different, because they are happiest when they are given a purpose. If you puppy is left alone all day and then ignored when you come home, she will start to feel pretty miserable and fairly destructive. Some tips to create purpose in your dog's life are:
If volunteering with your dog or whittling a specialty backpack for her sounds like too much of a time commitment, exercise in and of itself is a wonderful way to provide purpose for your pet. Furthermore, exercising with your dog is a key component of his overall happiness. Ideas include:
Grooming and care
A day at the salon has a way of lifting spirits. And although the grooming needs of humans and dogs vary according to their breed and temperament, regular grooming is important to ensure that your dog remains healthy. A few important grooming tips are:
Most importantly, enjoy your pooch! There is nothing like the friendship you are cultivating with him or her.
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