By Charlene Little, Contributing Writer
My dog Remy is normally a very well behaved pup. Imagine my surprise when I walked outside today, he had destroyed my flowerbed. There were pink petals everywhere and he had covered himself from head to toe with dirt. My first instinct was to get upset. I then realized, I had been so wrapped up in my morning that I forgot our daily game of fetch. He had torn up my flowers because he was bored.
If your dog loves to do things like this, you may think that he needs more training or you are not strict enough. The rules and his training may not be the issue. By watching your dog's behavior, you can learn what type of stimulation he needs more of. Many cases of your dog getting into mischief can be solved by the follow topics.
Toys: Ensuring that your dog has toys that suit his needs is very important. Chewing is a way to relieve tension and frustration. It also helps a dog keep their teeth clean and prevent decay.
Outside Play: Giving your dog a good amount of outside play is a great opportunity to exert some energy and get the necessary stimulation. Dogs that are well exercised are calmer inside the house, and find less trouble to get into. A game of fetch will benefit you and your pup.
Walks: Some dogs need two to three walks per day to keep them happy. Other dogs need more exercise. Walks are a great way to socialize your dog as well. After a controlled introduction, your pup can spend some energy romping around with a playmate and give you a much needed break.
A Second Dog: This is not recommended for everyone, but some dogs thrive better when they have a live-in play mate. This does add more time that you will need to spend with your pets, but if you are a pet lover, this may be a great opportunity to expand your family. This may be especially true if you work away from home and your pet gets into mischief because he his bored when you are gone. If getting a second pet is not for you, schedule play dates with a friends dog. This could give him much needed socialization without a long term commitment.
Let your pet show you what he needs more of. We all need exercise to feel calm and collected, so does your pet. Good communication between you and your pet is the easiest way to find the solution to problem behaviors.
About the Author
Charlene Little is the mother of three wonderful boys and a volunteer foster mom for her local animal shelter. She enjoys working with various breeds of dogs and cats in learning social behavior, training, and how to be the successful member of a fur-ever family. She enjoys studying animals' behavior and finding solutions to behavior problems that the everyday person can handle. She covers topics from various forms of aggression and small problem behaviors. Every problem behavior has a solution, and the solution is never to give up on your pet! Love, kindness, and small adjustments could be just what you need.
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