Dogs 101: Dogs need exercise and mental stimulation.
Dogs have energy that needs to be spent somewhere, and you don’t want your dog to decide where. So, get your dog out for two to three good walks a day; don’t just let him out in the yard. Blow bubbles, throw a ball, run an oscillating sprinkler, or use Chase ‘N Pull, a toy that you hold and your dog will chase, particularly if he has a high prey drive. Take a positive training class, and make training cues part of your daily routine. Teach your dog to “find it”, and use interactive toys that drop food when your dog moves them around. If you have time, try a dog sport, like Agility or Nose Work. For ideas, look at the book, 101 Ways to Do More With Your Dog by Kyra Sundance.
If you are willing to see the world through your dog’s eyes, you can teach your dog a great deal. Try to understand how he develops, how he learns, and what he needs. In return, he will give you undying love and companionship.
Congratulations! You’ve graduated Dogs 101!
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