The Basic Dog Manual
Learn to communicate in a way a dog understands
Unfortunately, a dog doesn't come with a manual! All owners
should be aware of a few basic guidelines to create the best
relationship with their dog. A dog is a pack animal and is often
inherently eager to just be included. This needs to be on our terms
by using positive reinforcement or praise to encourage good
behaviour. We must be fair to our dogs and consistent in the
attention we give them.
- It is vital that research is carried out
before a puppy is bought. Prospective dog owners must choose a
breed that will suit their lifestyle.
- Puppies must be socialised as soon as they are
vaccinated. By experiencing as many everyday occurrences as
possible at a young age, a puppy will grow into a well balanced
- Dogs should not be sleeping with you,
introduce a crate which they will consider their safe area or
'den', everyone needs an area they can go to for relaxation!
- Leave the radio on and give your dog a chew to
keep them occupied when you leave the house. It is easy to forget
how much noise we make!
- Have a routine with your dog in regards to
feeding and exercise. Insist on basic obedience such as sitting
before eating or having their lead put on.
- Feed your dog a 'clean' diet, avoid foods that
are highly coloured.
- The amount of exercise a dog needs depends on
the breed and age. In general, every dog should have at least a 40
minute walk a day.
- Mentally stimulate your dog with a 20 minute
basic training session a day. Introduce sit, stay, wait, stand,
fetch - anything that you want, just make it fun!
- When your dog is displaying behaviour that you
don't want, engage them with an alternative exercise such as a game
or a toy from you and give them plenty of praise. They will soon
work out the behaviour they get more rewards for!
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