Like us, Doggo needs many things for his day to be good and complete. Do you think you know your dog’s needs?
If his activities’ ratio isn’t reached, the day might seem veeeeery long to him.
And if he isn’t depressed, he will, without a doubt, find an occupation on his own, which might be at your expenses.
Kind of like a child who wouldn’t be cared for, without toys, without anything to do. There is a high risk that he behaves badly, isn’t there?
It’s the same with your dog.
A family dog needs an average of 4 to 5 hours of activity per day, and more if it’s a working breed dog, like border collies, german shepherds , for example.
Let’s see what your dog’s needs are and how to satisfy them.
Just like us Humans, dogs have their own pyramid of needs.
A dog’s first need is to be safe. Our dogs are lucky, we offer them a roof and veterinary care. (Unfortunately, it’s not the case for all the Doggos in the world, even the ones living with a family).
If the dog feels safe, then he can think about eating.
It can feel stupid to specify it, but it is the priority for every dog who feels well.
Our family dog is often assured to eat his fill every day. He has his bowl, his kibble at his disposal, without having anything to do.
Too bad… we’ll see why below.
To make it simple and stay focused on what’s vital, here are the activities that any dog needs to have a good dog’s day.
If all of those activities are satisfied thanks to you, no risk for your Doggo to try to satisfy them by himself. No time or energy to destroy your furniture, terrorize the neighbor’s cat, chew your underwear or be depressed!
Only a few people have the opportunity to dedicate 5 hours to their dog, between work, kids, leisure… Days are not extensible!
Yet, for your dog to be blooming, he needs general activity.
By chance, some activities don’t require your presence and some will burn your dog more than others! We’re saved!
Each of these activities needs to be satisfied and it is important to know that they don’t tire your dog in the same way.
Intellectual activity is harder for your dog than any other activity.
1 hour of intellectual stimulation is equal to 4 hours of physical activity!
The ideal is to mix all the activities in order for Doggo to satisfy them all, but occasionally we can compensate for the lack of time for one by doing more of another.
However, be careful! Every dog is different and can have more important needs for an activity or another.
It’s important to observe and understand your dog to know what’s indispensable++ for him.
If you don’t have time to go out, you can ask him to do push-ups! Sit down, lay down, get up, repeat around ten times. It will require focus and physical effort from him, while you’re sitting down on your couch drinking your… tea.
Don’t forget, in order to reinforce your dog’s good behaviours and his good decisions, we reward the behaviors we want and ignore the ones we don’t want!
If, in spite of your efforts, your dog keeps chewing the bottom of your table or considers your linen as his snack, don’t hesitate to contact me, so that we can find a solution together!