The Importance of Keeping Your Dog
Raise your hand if your dog has ever pestered you, following you from
room to room with a bored face? If so, rest assured, you are not alone!
Boredom and pent-up energy are the most common reasons dogs develop
behavioral problems. Most dogs living in urban settings spend a good
chunk of their time alone, and the biggest perk of their day may be seeing
their beloved owners coming home. This is a moment of great excitement
and celebration and can often be too much to handle for a tired owner who
has spent eight hours in the office.
Dogs Were Meant to Lead Active Lives
If we look at the many dog breeds that surround us, we will note that the
majority were selectively bred to carry out certain tasks. We have the
retrievers who retrieved downed birds for the hunter, the hounds who
tracked prey with their powerful noses, the spaniels who flushed birds out
of bushes, the herders who grouped cows and sheep, the livestock
guardians who protected farm animals from predators and several other
versatile breeds who specialized in a variety of tasks.
Today, most dogs are no longer used as workers but as loyal companions
who are often relegated to the yard or left at home with not much to do all
day. This leaves dogs with a void to fill up. The saying “an idle mind is the
devil’s workshop” fits people and dogs as well. With little left to do all day,
dogs become destructive and may engage in undesirable behaviors such
as digging, chewing and barking.
Dogs Need Exercise and Mental Stimulation Too!
Einstein and I play the Hide and Seek game!
When we think of bored dogs, we often think of exercise, but dogs need a
healthy dose of mental stimulation too. Despite the fact that most dogs in
modern times no longer live in the wild and are no longer hunting all day in
the fields with their masters, they still have a strong drive for mental
stimulation. This, however, doesn’t mean that you will have to quit your 9 to
5 job, purchase a rifle and go