TOP 10 Dog Love all year round with number 6
Updated: Jan 20
How do you create a loving home for your dog?
"The biggest fear dogs have is the fear that if you go out without them, you won't come back." –Stanley Koren,
When adopting a dog, prepare your home so that he/she will feel safe and loved.
Dogs come across as extremely carefree and easy-going creatures, but in reality they are much more sensitive than most of us realize. Although they are less demanding than their domestic competitor, whose name we won't name (cough, cats), they still have some basic daily needs to keep them happy - get these right and you'll have a very happy pooch.
A place to rest - Make sure your dog has his own cozy bed where he can sleep comfortably, a water and food bowl and the feeling that he has his own secluded place around your home. This could be a basket tucked away in their special corner or their favorite blanket strategically placed on the floor.
Toilet area - dogs need to go to the toilet regularly. At least every few hours, give your dog access to a suitable place where he can go to the toilet.
Safe space - your dog should be able to get away from things that frighten him. Give them constant access to a safe hiding place to escape if they are frightened, some feel safest in a crate, others (like Lily) under a blanket
If you have more than one dog, make sure you provide enough extra resources (e.g., toys, beds, and shelters) for each of them to prevent them from becoming competitive and fighting.
Safe environment - dogs are curious by nature and can get into dangerous situations if left to their own devices. Make sure your dog's home is safe.
Lots of affection
Dogs need affection. They are social, pack animals that want to be in your company as much as possible. Be sure to give them lots of praise and positive feedback when they behave and spoil them with pats and cuddles when they ask - the more you praise and pamper your dog, the happier they will be.
Keeping your dog busy
Exercise - Dogs need exercise so be sure to take them out for a good walk at least once or twice a day. It is also important that you regularly let them out into the garden throughout the day; this allows them to relieve themselves. If you don't exercise your dog daily, chances are he will become bored and behave, which can lead to destructive activities in and around your home.
Toys - Get a toy for them to chew on or a ball to toss around. Daily play sessions with your dog will help reduce their boredom and give them mental stimulation.
Keep a routine
Dogs crave routine, boundaries, and rules. Sensible rules in the house help your dog feel safe in his environment. Being consistent with training, helping your dog understand the behavior you want, and providing a set routine will be appreciated by your dog. They gain confidence when they know their role and what you want them to do.
When you are away or on the road
If you leave your dog anywhere, make sure the size and temperature of the place you leave him (including your vehicle, but I wouldn't recommend it) is comfortable for him.
When transporting your dog, make sure he is comfortable and safe at all times. Use a harness, crate or tray that fits your dog's size and learn more about transporting dogs in cars.
Control your dog wherever you go and don't let him stray.
But most of all, make them feel loved and wanted as a part of your family.
"Dogs die. But dogs live too. Until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us, and make our lives a little brighter, and they don't waste time being afraid before tomorrow." – Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth
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