You would of all heard the saying Happy Wife, Happy Life, well Happy Dog Happy Life is no different.
For your dog to be pleased and, most importantly, healthy, he must have his instinctive needs covered. So how do we achieve this? The 3 guidelines below are just the beginning. However, with my vast knowledge and experience working with and owning dogs for over 50 years, these are a great starting point;
Exercise. A dog MUST channel his energy and, as such, release adrenaline. There is nothing better for this than exercise; unfortunately, many dog owners I have worked with think taking them out for a quick 5-minute exercise and pee stop is sufficient, WRONG! To ensure your dog remains a healthy dog, you need to get that adrenaline going, and to do this, I recommend at least 30 minutes and depending on what breed you own, this can change from a simple walk to a continuous run. I will cover more on this in another article, How To Have A Healthy Dog.
Discipline. This is one of the hardest areas for dog owners, especially at the cute and cuddly puppy stage; however, this is also the most important stage and where training and discipline must start. Believe it or not, this will help guide your dog to be happy and structured as he grows up. You must set limits and boundaries to help them learn what you want them to do and the things you don’t want them doing. For me, this is one of the most important parts of all my training guidelines and strictly adhered to will end up with your 4 legged friends falling into the Happy Dog Happy Life category.
- Love. Behind discipline, this is the second hardest thing to get right. If you overlove your dog (I know is there really such a thing), it could become anxious, disobedient, and on occasions aggressive to anyone that approaches you, along with a lot of other traits that again I will cover in another article.
- I really understand that the love we feel for our dogs is like the love we have for our children. However, we need always to remember that the dog is a pack animal and needs to understand from a very early age where he sits within your pack and as such MUST live under certain guidelines, 3 of which I have put out in this article.
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