I hope you enjoyed Front Of The Pack’s course on how you can nurture a happier, healthier dog. Below is a quick summary of everything we learned.
- Pay attention to whether the food is actually nutritious and certified by industry bodies like AAFCO
- Get a better understanding of how much food your dog should be eating
- Be aware of the most toxic foods to dogs — chocolate, caffeine, grapes, raisins and seeds are all poisonous!
- Assess your dog’s individual exercise needs based on its age, breed and other health limitations
- As a general guideline, almost all dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise per day
- Exercise is a great way for dogs to release stress, as well as strengthening muscles and joints
- Setting boundaries around what your dog can and cannot do is important for allowing to be better-behaved and more loveable dogs
- Restricting their space and their feeding times isn’t cruel! Dogs look to you to be their leader
- Scheduling playtime provides mental stimulation for dogs, but it can also be a great training tool — it allows them to better understand what’s acceptable to chew
- Socializing with humans and other dogs is important to do as soon as possible in a dog’s life. This allows them to understand what good etiquette looks like and reduces the chance of them developing behavioral issues later in life
- Paying attention to your dog’s diet, providing structure and routines (whilst of course providing lots of hugs) is all part of showing love to your dog
- Keeping a dog by your side 24/7 is likely to lead to unhealthy attachment bonding — such that a dog may become highly distressed when you leave them if only for a short while
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