Time To Have Fun With Your Dogs!

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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.

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, dog beach or even at your home.

Favorite Canine Activities

Long walks

Agility classes

Trip to the dog beach

Unleashed at the dog park

Obedience classes

Frisbee

Doga

Reiki

Canine massage

Brain Training with new interactive dog toys and puzzles

Playing with food -stuffable toys

Travel on vacays with the family

Only positive training

Combine love, respect and kindness each day with a fun and stimulating exercise  schedule!

 

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Increasing Exercise To Prevent Pet Obesity

 

 



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Weight

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 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. 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, opt for 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 all help prevent obesity.

Treats should be no more than 5% of the 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.

Play and the dog park. Fun and exercise

If you’re still not sure as to how much you should be feeding your pooch, take into consideration age, how much exercise he gets each day, his general health, breed, weight, and the brand of  dog food that is currently being fed. Every dog’s needs are different, even within the same breed. Look out for those wonderful food dispensing toy and puzzles that are out there. These are awesome for slowing down a guzzler. 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 made friends your dog, and meet at a specific time each day for play dates at the park. Dogs thrive on meeting up with their canine buddies!

 

 

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Understanding Your Dogs

 

How Your Dog Sees The Dog Park?

 

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Dogs and humans have a couple of important things in common.Both dogs and humans develop strong emotional attachments, and are genetically programmed to live in complex social groups.Dogs are incredibly good at reading the body language of  other dogs, and even that of humans.Given all this,it’s important that all human pet parents learn to understand subtle canine behavior.

Submissiveness at the Dog Park

  • Ears back flat against head.
  • Crouches down with a ‘grinning’ expression
  • Tail will be between his legs, possibly wagging a greeting.
  • Many times a submissive dog will lie on his back with his paws in the air .

Dominance at the Dog Park

  • Standing tall with raised head and tail when greeting other dogs
  • Ears perked forwards with interest looking into the eyes of the approaching dog
  • Sometimes mounting behavior is expressed
  • Growling and snapping

Aggression-Fear Biting

  • Snapping, snarling and biting
  • Perceived enemy
  • Not well socialized as pups, possibly abused
  • Cowering posture, tucked tail
  • Serious problem that needs to be worked out with a positive trainer.

Territorial

  • Barking and snarling at strangers or new people that they meet.
  • Be sure to remove your dog from the area and reprimand him with a “No”
  • Don’t let this happen in your home to your friends or the postman

Playfulness

  • Play bow, canine body language that dogs use by dropping their front end to the ground with their back end stuck high up in the air.
  • Tail wags
  • High pitched bark
  • Bumping rear ends against the legs or body of the person or dog
  • Repeated tail thumping in the hopes of playing

 

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Copyright © 2014 Claudia Bensimoun