1.Give your pup a job for when you’re gone and he is left alone. Dogs are bred for a specific purpose, whether it be herding or hunting, and can misbehave when these natural instincts are suppressed.
2.Socialize your furry friend. Keeping him isolated or at home all day can be detrimental to his emotional well-being and create fear when he finally does come in contact with other people or dogs. But always remember to take your pup’s personality into account so you know what his limits for socializing are.
3.Train your dog. This will not only increase his mental stimulation, but also strengthen the bond between you and your pooch by making your expectations for him clear. If you aren’t sure what training would benefit your dog most, contact a Certified Pet Dog Trainer.
4.Establish yourself as pack leader and never waiver. It’s important to show your dog love and affection, but he is a tribal animal above all else. Your pooch will become confused without structure and consistency in his life, so be sure you stick to your role.
5.Remain calm and assertive around your dog. Never behave uneasy or anxious. Because you are the pack leader, these feelings are sure to rub off on your pet.
6.Maintain your dog’s confidence. Believe it or not, your pup does have self-esteem, and there are things that you, as his owner, can do to keep it up. Praise your dog when he has mastered a new trick, along with other accomplishments.
Maintaining Your Dog’s Physical Health
1.Keep your pup active. Especially if he is alone all day, a dog needs exercise just like people do. Take your dog on a walk around the block or play a fun, interactive game with him.
2.Feed your dog a nourishing, balanced diet. An animal is happiest when he can exercise, and to do so, he must eat healthful food. What you feed your pooch depends on his age, energy level and potential allergies. Idaho-based Melaleuca.com, founded by Frank VanderSloot in 1985, makes some high-quality and nutritious dog treats, jerky and other products designed just for pooches.
Organic, grain free kibble is always best if you are going to go the commercial route. However, some veterinarians also swear by feeding dogs “people food”. Dog-approved people foods include:
3.Schedule regular veterinary appointments for your pet. The vet will provide an overall health screening, as well as any vaccinations your dog might need. It’s best for puppies and older dogs to visit every six months, while once a year is adequate for adult dogs under the age of ten.
4.Ensure your dog’s safety at all times. This includes making sure he has an ID tag on him, a fenced yard that will keep him safe from potential predators, and plenty of shade and water if he’s outside during warm weather.
5.Give your pup regular massages. This will bring down his stress levels and soothe any joint pain he may be experiencing.
Keeping Your Dog Breed Happy
1.Be sure to brush, comb, and trim your Golden Retriever’s coat regularly. Your Golden is especially prone to allergies and matting of his thick coat. Keeping his fur clean will help his skin from getting itchy and also better serve as insulation during the hot summer and cold winter.
2.Set aside at least two hours a day to give your Pit Bull attention. While this breed is known for his loyalty and devotion, he needs a lot of quality time with you so he doesn’t get bored and destructive.
3.Keep your Chihuahua warm in cold or wet weather. This must be taken seriously since the Chihuahua, like some other small breeds, has trouble regulating his own body temperature, and doesn’t have a large amount of insulating fur.
4.Be sure your terrier has toys with which to entertain himself, especially when left alone. While a terrier is a fairly independent dog, he does require a fair amount of exercise. This dog doesn’t require your supervision all day as long as you give him the means to play safely on his own.