Dog behavior issues are sure to arise if your dog is not getting the care that he needs.
Dogs need more than a walk once or twice a day. If their needs are not met, they will get into all sorts of trouble, from destroying things to incessant barking. Many owners do not realize just what a dog really needs to be truly happy.
They figure that if he gets toys, treats, and a whole bunch of attention, it’s enough. But it is not.
Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have to use your brains much at all, week after week, month after month. Wouldn’t you get bored? You would get antsy, for sure. Your brain, and your dog’s brain, need constant stimulation. And it’s not just to stay alert and mentally satisfied. It also will extend life. Happy dogs, like happy people, tend to live longer.
If you involve your dog in a variety of activities that make him think and solve problems, he will be much happier. In fact, you might find out that he needs less other exercise, like walking, because he’ll be so tired out from all that thinking.
You need an intense workout for your dog that can include a number of things that he enjoys. Jumping, leaping and running are three favorites, regardless of the type of dog you own.
In Dog Talk Weekly, I’ve included an article on some agility exercises you can do that your dog will enjoy. It’s in this issue.
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