Unexpected and Suddenly Bad Behaviors
Sometimes, it may just suddenly happen, and your dog exhibits bad behavior-or is it really bad behavior? Many times your dog may have an underlying medical condition and needs to see the veterinarian.
New Behavioral Problems
If your veterinarian finds your pooch healthy and free of dental problems, now will be the time to spay or neuter, if you already have not done so! Although most definitely not a substitute for positive dog training, it helps with curbing any unwanted behaviors like marking and urinating at home.
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Signs of Canine Adolescence
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All dogs thrive on play and activities related to play.It’s their way of developing friendships with other dogs.By allowing your dogs to play with other dogs, you’re allowing for your dog to discover his strengths and weaknesses.Play also teaches dogs how to manipulate and how to improve their social skills.
By allowing your dog to play off leash with other dogs, you’re allowing for him to test boundaries-how far can he actually go before aggression sets in with another dog.Play allows for your dogs to let- off steam and will help him form pack relationships through ritual play and dominance disputes. He’ll soon learn what he can and cannot do when playing with many different dogs at the park.Dogs should have access to free play throughout their lives even into their senior years.This form of activity should never be withheld from a dog as a form of punishment , since play releases anxiety ,and helps your furry best friend become more relaxed and friendly.Off leash play is very different from on leash play because this form of play provides your dog with exercise and an outlet for his energy.
Stages of Play
1.Scent- usually done at first meetings or as soon as your dog enters the dog park.
2.Tease-rolling over on their backs to deflect any possible signs of danger.Eye contact is maintained to show friendliness.
3.Playful barking- dogs maintain eye contact and may jump up and paw each other.
4.Head to head play-Here direct eye contact is maintained, slight growling play sounds accompanies the head to head play.
5. Circle play-dogs runs around in tight circles, yet continue their play behavior.
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Identify What Your Dog Finds Fun!
You are going to be the only one in charge of your dog’s life, so why not make sure that he has fun every single day.Set the stage for fun and good communication with your dog by having fun with him every day by visiting your dog park, and allowing him to make friends that he can meet up with every day.Canine friendships are just as important as the human canine bond.Organize play dates by arranging for your dog’s favorite friends to meet up at the dog park .
Favorite Canine Activities
Trip to the dog beach
Unleashed at the dog park
Brain Training with new interactive dog toys and puzzles
Playing with food -stuffable toys
Travel on vacays with the family
Only positive training
Love, respect and kindness each day with a fun schedule!
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Check your dog’s weight regularly, and feel his rib cage.If you cannot find his ribs, then he’s possibly a tad too heavy.Take a good look at him sideways; his stomach should be tucked in a little behind his rib cage.
Fun Ways To Exercise Your Dogs and Help Them Lose Weight
As with people. exercise and healthy eating habits help an overweight dog shed those extra pounds.If your dog is not exercising every day,start taking him for longer walks on the beach or at the dog park.For those of us that don’t feel like jogging every morning, bring along a great book and just hang out at the dog park while your dog plays with other dogs at the park. Start exercising slowly if you do take up jogging, or going for long hikes.If your dog gets tired quickly, let him rest, and slowly build up his endurance over a few months.
Cutting Down on Food
Cut back slowly when reducing your dog’s food.Instead of cutting back, try feeding healthy treats like raw carrots and vegetables, and switching to a healthier brand of dog food that contains higher amounts of protein and vegetables.
Visit Your Veterinarian
Consult with your vet before putting your dog on any diet.Your veterinarian will most likely run a series of blood tests to check for low thyroid levels, which often can cause weight gain.When that’s ruled out, veterinarians can recommend a specially formulated diet that your dog would benefit from. Switching to a low- calorie, high fiber dog food, or possibly a prescription diet, or even cooking fresh whole foods for your dog each day will make your dog feel full and be much healthier.
Treats should be no more than 5% of his calorie intake each day.
Treats like cooked salmon,blueberries, carrots, green beans, cubed cheese and cooked sweet potatoes often become a favorite with dogs, nonetheless they may not enjoy them when first given.High protein treats like cubed hamburgers, or cooked chicken bits work well as training treats ,and have fewer calories than some of the other commercial treats.
If you’re still not sure how much you should be feeding your dog, take into consideration his age, how much exercise he gets each day, his general health, breed, weight, and the brand of dog food that is currently being fed to him.Every dog’s needs are different, even within the same breed. Keep in mind the various food dispensing toys/puzzles that are out there.These are great to slow down the speedy eater. Lastly always use a standard measuring cup to measure out your dog’s feed and keep going to the dog park! Organize play dates with other dogs that have befriended your dog and meet at a specific time each day.Dogs thrive on meeting up with their canine companions each days.