So, you are a responsible dog owner and want a healthy, happy, and energetic dog. That’s great! Below I share five keys to having a dog who will be full of joy and live a long, healthy life…the perfect companion!
KEY ONE: Dogs Don’t Need to Run to be Healthy, They Just Need a Good Walk
KEY TWO: Treats Can be Healthy Ways to Encourage Your Dog
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Key Three: Dogs Need More Than Correction. They Need Positive Reinforcement, Just Like Humans.
In addition to treats, dogs need other forms of positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Your praise also plays a vital role in your dog’s mental health and overall happiness. Here are some [keys] to using positive reinforcement with your dog:
- Find what motivates your dog.
Use rewards that your dog finds motivating. These rewards might include treats, as mentioned above, but also can include toys, praise, and affection. Choose rewards that your dog finds motivating and use them consistently to reinforce good behavior. My dog is entirely food-motivated, but he also loves my praise! Your dog loves you and wants to know if he’s doing it right. So make sure you show them a lot of love so he knows that he’s doing just fine.
2. Reward immediately.
Reward your dog immediately after they exhibit the desired behavior. This helps your dog understand which behavior is being rewarded and reinforces the behavior. If you wait too long to reward, it only confuses your dog and can reinforce the wrong behavior, leading to some undesired results. Remember, dogs live in the moment, so timing is everything. As soon as you see your furry friend exhibiting the desired behavior, shower them with praise, affection, and a tasty treat. This will make them feel loved and appreciated, and will encourage them to continue displaying the desired behavior. By reinforcing good behavior in a timely and consistent manner, you can help your dog become the best version of themselves, and build a strong bond with them that lasts a lifetime.
3. Consistency matters.
Use positive reinforcement consistently to reinforce the desired behavior. Like mistimed rewards, inconsistent rewards will confuse your dog and possibly reinforce the wrong behaviors.
Even if you are tired, sick, or think you are too busy, you must be stay consistent with your positive reinforcement. A little goes a long way, so just a few minutes each day is all it takes. Remember, your dog is counting on you to guide them and help them learn. Consistency is key when it comes to positive reinforcement training. Every time you reward your dog for exhibiting good behavior, you are building a stronger bond of trust and respect between you and your furry friend. So, even on those days when you don’t feel like it, take a few minutes to show your dog some love and positive reinforcement. Your efforts will pay off in spades, as you watch your furry friend blossom into a well-behaved, happy, and obedient companion!
4. Don’t mix rewards and punishment.
Positive reinforcement focuses on rewarding good behavior only rather than punishing bad behavior. As much as possible, avoid using punishment, as it can be confusing and may cause your dog to become fearful or aggressive. But that doesn’t mean that you leave your dog to whatever they’re doing. It means, as Cesar Milan says, being the bigger person, or in this case, dog. Take him away and tell him your chosen scold word (no, bad, stop, don’t, etc.) but stay calm the whole time.
Remember, positive reinforcement is not just about teaching your dog good behavior, but also about building a strong, loving, and trusting relationship with them. Punishing bad behavior can harm that relationship and cause your furry friend to become anxious or stressed. Instead, focus on rewarding good behavior consistently and lovingly. This approach not only reinforces positive behavior, but also helps your dog feel safe and secure in their home environment.
By using positive reinforcement, you can help your furry friend grow into a happy, healthy, and well-behaved companion who loves you unconditionally, but remember that that doesn’t mean don’t scold them, just make sure you don’t harm them or yell. Be calm and make your point clear.
5. Be patient.
Positive reinforcement takes time and patience. It may take several repetitions before your dog learns a new behavior, so be patient and consistent with your training. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a well-trained dog. Positive reinforcement takes time, patience, and a lot of love. But the rewards are immeasurable. As you watch your furry friend grow and learn, you will be filled with a sense of pride and joy that only a dog owner can understand. So, stick with it, stay positive, and keep training. With time and patience, your dog will become the best version of themselves, and you’ll have a loyal companion for life.
Key Four: Socialization is Critical for Dogs of All Ages
A lot of people think that socialization is only important for puppies. They fall for the myth that once a dog reaches a certain age, socialization is no longer necessary.
But the reality is that socialization is key to raising a well-adjusted and happy dog. This applies at all ages.
Socialization is not just about exposure, but also about teaching your dog appropriate behavior around other people and dogs. It’s important to expose your dog to a variety of people, dogs, and environments, but it’s equally important to teach your dog how to behave appropriately in those situations.
Yes, dogs are naturally social creatures, but they still need to learn how to interact with other dogs and people appropriately. Socialization helps dogs develop confidence and good behavior around others.
While socialization is especially important during a puppy’s critical socialization period (between 3 and 14 weeks of age), it is still important throughout a dog’s life. Dogs continue to learn and adapt to new situations throughout their lives, and continued socialization can help prevent behavior problems and improve their quality of life.
So, expose your dog to different people, animals, and environments from a young age to help them develop confidence and good behavior around others. And continue to introduce them to new dogs frequently throughout their life.
Key Five: Dogs Need Mental Stimulation as Well as Physical
In addition to good walks and other physical activity, your dog needs to maintain an active mind to stay healthy, happy, and energetic. If nothing else, it will help prevent boredom, anxiety, and destructive behavior that often results. Here are five ways to provide your dog with mental stimulation:
1. Puzzle toys: Puzzle toys are a great way to challenge your dog’s brain and keep them entertained. These toys require your dog to use problem-solving skills to figure out how to access a treat or toy hidden inside.
2. Hide-and-seek games: Hide-and-seek games can be a fun way to provide mental stimulation for your dog. Hide treats or toys around the house or yard and encourage your dog to find them using their nose and problem-solving skills.
3. Training exercises: Training exercises can be a great way to provide mental stimulation for your dog while also reinforcing good behavior. Teach your dog new tricks, work on obedience training, or try agility training to keep your dog mentally engaged.
4. Scent work: Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and enjoy using their noses to find things. Scent work exercises, like hiding treats or toys and encouraging your dog to find them using their sense of smell, can be a fun and rewarding way to provide mental stimulation.
5. Rotating toys: Rotating your dog’s toys can help prevent boredom and keep them engaged. Introduce new toys regularly and put away old toys for a while, then reintroduce them later to keep things fresh and interesting.
BONUS – Playdates: As mentioned above, dogs are social animals, so they enjoy spending time with other dogs. Find some time for a playdate with other friendly dogs and it will provide a fun form of mental stimulation.
By providing your dog with mental stimulation through these activities and others, you can help keep them happy, healthy, and mentally sharp.
Don’t Stress…You Only Need to Pick One Key
So, you now know five surprising keys to having a healthy, happy, energetic dog.
Don’t worry about mastermind all five keys right away. Pick one key to focus on for the next week. Master that key and watch the results. Make sure you bookmark this post to come back and refresh yourself on the other four.
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