Does your canine do this?
Man’s closest companion has an exciting method of conveying here and there, yet nearly everything your canine does has meaning. From woofing to crying, leaping to butt hurrying, your canine’s activities are something you should give close consideration to.
Learning about your dog’s behavior is one of the best ways you can care for your four-legged pal. While most things your pup does are nothing to worry about, noticing the signs and symptoms that something may be wrong is very important.
The Play Bow
A play bow is when your pup is crouched down in the front with his backside up in the air. The position usually signifies that your four-legged friend wants to play, and it allows your pet to dash at a moment’s notice.
A play bow invites another dog or a human to interact and, as the name suggests, play. While a dog may growl or bark while in the play bow position, the pup’s body language is to show you that it just wants to have some fun.
Does your canine enjoy digging?
It’s no secret that canines love to dig. Some want to dig in the dirt to try and find a buried treasure, and some dig just because they’re bored. While digging is usually not harmful to a pup, you may want to deter your dog from doing so because your pet may get dirty or start digging in off-limits places — like your garden.
Many canine professionals will tell you that a dog that digs needs to get some additional exercise. If you have a canine that explores in your clan, spend some more time playing fetch.
If your dog is chewing just about everything in sight, the chances are that the animal has an issue with its teeth. Puppies chew when they are teething, so it’s essential to make sure you have plenty of toys available, including bones and other teething-specific toys.
Even older dogs enjoy chewing — it’s just part of being a dog. However, if you don’t provide discipline early on, you may find some of your belongings destroyed. Make sure you introduce plenty of chewing options and be stern when it comes to deterring your pup from chewing on things like the furniture.
You may notice your dog hanging around the dinner table looking at all kinds of desperate for a taste of human food, but you should resist. Dogs that are given a taste of food from the table will almost always beg for more. They may begin to whine or bark while looking anxiously up at the table.
If begging is getting out of hand, you may want to crate your pup or put it outside until the meal is over. However, it’s best to avoid this altogether by not offering any table food in the first place.
Does your canine pull on the leash?
A canine that pulls on the leash while on a walk needs training. A dog being overly excited about a walk is usually the cause of the behavior.
Getting exercise shouldn’t be a stressful event for you or your dog, so this behavior needs to be squashed as soon as possible.
A favorite way to do this is by keeping the leash short but loose. When your dog pulls, and the leash goes tight, you should stop walking. Your dog should also stop once it realizes you’re not moving. Make sure you use positive reinforcement by way of treats.