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Happy Dog… Happy Home!

Keep a dog happy and you’ll have much less stress and conflict over the coming years. 

THERE are several considerations to take into account and here are three vitally important ones:

Training your dog is not all about rules
and being in charge. It’s about giving your
dog information in a way so they understand
that what you want is worth it for them, and is
a better alternative to the behaviour they may
have been doing previously. A simple example
is jumping up: the dog jumps up, they get no
attention (which is what they want), but when
they don’t jump up they gets loads of attention
– so not jumping works for the dog and you as
well.
The right breed for you, your family
and your lifestyle. This is really
important. If you don’t like excitable, don’t get
a Staffordshire Bull Terrier; if you don’t like
mud in the house don’t get a Springer Spaniel
or Golden Retriever and if you hate barking
don’t get a Llasa Apso or Miniature Schnauzer
because unless you are very, very, lucky they
will bark. The best approach is to research a
breed and make sure your family and yourlifestyle is compatible with their traits.

Exercise and mental stimulation are
mandatory not just an occasional
bonus. Make sure you are capable of meeting
the dog’s physical needs but also their
personality needs. Play is great, activity toys
will stop the bolting of food and engage the
brain; make feeding fun, but also slightly
tiring. Tailor your play sessions to the dog’s
abilities and breed; ball games, tracking games,
chase games, tugging games (will not cause
aggression!), agility, fly ball are all mental
stimulation as well as physical exercise. And
finally when walking please remember that
the walk is for the dog, let them sniff; even

high drive dogs will relax if taken on lead walks
where they are allowed to be calm and do dog
stuff.

Please consider the above and make a small
amount of effort and the relationship with your
dog will be enhanced; they will be happier and
calmer and so will you.
Thanks to Emma Jeffery for the pictures as always.