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WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DOG UNHAPPY

For this one article, I would like you to try to imagine you are your dog. As a dog you world's experiences are limited by the humans who take care of you. You cannot open doors for yourself, feed or get water for yourself, you can't even decide on the times you have to go to the bathroom. You are solely dependent on the people that you live with. Since your life revolves around those people, you are constantly watching them for behavioral cues that might include you in what they are doing or that might be directly related to your needs. Also since you are on constant vigilance as to their movements and emotions you have become an expert at judging their moods.

Let us look at an average day for you being a dog. You are relatively tired from getting bad nights sleep. Why? Because the house was to warm or it was too cold and you could not change the temperature on the thermostat. Nevertheless, morning rolls around and you are woken up and told its time for you to go to the bathroom. A door is opened and you are let out. No real hugs and kisses, or playtime, just a cursory good morning (like you hear from a retail sales person saying, "have a nice day"). There is a lot of dew on the ground this morning, your feet are soaked, and due to a little brisk wind, you become chilled. However, no one will pay attention to that. The door is opened so you can get back in and your food is thrown down on the floor for you to eat. While you are eating, your owners are getting ready to go to work. You have finished eating just in time because now that door is open again. You have to go outside to relieve yourself because if you do not for the next eight, nine, or ten hours are going to be very unpleasant for you. After a hurried few minutes outside, because your owner is standing by the door impatiently yelling for you to come in, you go back in the house. Your owners are now going to be gone for the next eight, nine, or ten hours. You are alone, bored, unhappy, feeling unloved and with nothing to keep you stimulated.Then, not to deviate from this line of thinking, you live in a house where there is anywhere from a quarter of an acre to 10 zillion acres. The door that is opened for you to go out to go to the bathroom is closed on you with you being on the outside. You cannot get real rest because you have been left out to the elements and the other distractions that are out there that you cannot control.

The hours go by slowly and since there is absolutely nothing for you to do you sleep. Waking up every so often to either get a drink or nibble on some dry commercial dog food that was left down for you. The one ever so dismal highlight of your day is when the mailman comes. It gives you a couple of minutes of allowing yourself to express your thoughts, but with the mailman just as your owners, it falls on deaf ears.

Finally after eight to ten hours your owners come home. One of your owners is in a hurry because that owner has to go to some kind of meeting and he is yelling at the other owner about something or other. You cannot make out what that owner is saying but you know one thing from being so observant and watching their moods, you know that that owner is angry. Now you are afraid because you do not understand what is going on and you think that the anger is directed at yourself. That owner finally leaves and the other owner is now upset and angry. Finally, that owner lets you out to go to the bathroom, if that owner remembers. You are now supposed to forget the goings on in the house and relieve yourself. This has always been hard for you to do because once you become upset and scared from the house-goings-on it is difficult for you to do anything but be afraid. Again, it seems like seconds have passed, that infamous door opens up and the same old yelling begins for you to come into the house. When you get in waiting on the floor is your dinner. The other owner is crying and upset which affects you but you have to eat because if you don't the food will be picked up and you will have to wait all night until the morning before you are fed again.

This evening is no different from any other evening. You lay around with very little attention paid to you because the owner that is home is catching up on all the things that have to be taken care of. About three hours later that owner finally sits down in front of the television and puts a hand on top of your head acknowledging that you are there. The other owner finally comes home and lets you out through that door again. Moreover, just like clockwork after a few minutes you are being yelled at to come in the house again. Both owners then retire and another day has passed in your life.

Needless to say this is not a blueprint for every home but after visiting thousands upon thousands of homes doing dog consultations almost 99% of the homes do not deviate very much from the above scenario.

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DOG HAPPY

The above rendition has been given to you as a foundation for the advice that I will now give you. The only way to take your dog out of the devastating abyss that you have placed him in is exercise. Exercise stimulates the mind, the body, and makes for a happier and healthier dog. But what is exercise? You are about to tell me you have property big enough for him to exercise in. WRONG!! Picture yourself going to the same place every day from morning to night for 30 days. The same place (your backyard) is not exercise because your backyard becomes commonplace and claustrophobic for your dog. Nothing is new, nothing changes, it is what the old timers called "CABIN FEVER".

Now you are about to tell me that you do care for your dog and you religiously take him out for a walk every night or every where you go in the car you bring your dog. Neither one of these constitutes exercise. The walk at night is boring and does not allow your dog to be a dog. The car trips are worse because not only is he not allowed to be a dog but he is now confined in a area that is "cabined fever". However, my dog is happy going for his walks and riding in the car - bologna. He has a choice between his mind-destroying cabin fever of every day or having a substitution of other stimulus, which is better than the latter but is still mind destroying. So what is the answer?

A dog should be taken a minimum of three times a week to a strange field. Before you go to this field, you construct a lead made out of clothesline. For dogs less than 50 pounds, the lead should be 50 feet long, for dogs over 50 pounds the lead should be 100 feet long. Always make sure their are two collars on the dog that are attached to the lead - one collar should be a choker the other can be a flat collar. The live link on the choker and the link on the flat collar should be attached to the lead you have constructed. If he slips the flat or the choker, you will not loose your dog because it is highly improbable that both collars would be slipped. You then go to the field and let your dog run his butt off. You walk with the dog so he always has enough of the lead to keep investigating and running in his new surroundings. I go by the three lay-down rule. When the dog has lain down three times it is time to take him home. Remember always have fresh water available to him to he does not get heat prostrated.

The second week you find another field and do the same thing as above. Each week you try to find a new field to give him his exercise. If after three weeks you run out off fields start over on the first one again. It is your responsibility to find as many fields as you can so he does not get cabin fever. Now what do you think is going to change in your dog's personality doing the right type of exercise program?

1. HE WILL BE MORE RELAXED IN THE HOUSEHOLD

2. USUALLY AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS EXERCISING THE NUISANCE BARKING AND OTHER ANNOYING HABITS STOP (OR IF THEY DON'T COMPLETELY STOP THERE IS A MAJOR DECREASE IN THEM)

3. IF YOU HAVE A DOG THAT JUMPS THE FENCE OR TUNNELS UNDER (GEE NOW YOU KNOW WHY HE WAS DOING THOSE THINGS) USUALLY THOSE BEHAVIORS STOP

4. HIS COAT MUSCLES, MIND, AND ATTITUDE SHOWS DEFINITE POSITIVE GAINS

5. IF THE DOG IS GOING TO BE TRAINED THIS EXERCISE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF ALL THE POSITIVE CHANGES MAKES THE TRAINING EASIER NOT ONLY FOR THE DOG BUT THE OWNERS

Bottom line here is that exercise is a win-win situation for not only the dog but also the owners. You cannot talk about it you have to do it. You as a dog owner have the responsibility to make sure that your dog's life is as physically and mentally comfortable as possible. Now you know a way to do that. Now it is up to you.

Written by Neal Seaman

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