How to be an outstanding dog
At puppy school I was taught that my human was going to feed me, take me for walks and love me. In return, I was to bark enthusiastically, lick them all over when they came home, only wee in certain places, and generally make them feel like they are the most amazing, wonderful human being on the planet. I believe that I have excelled in all these areas, but I want to share with you how to be an OUTSTANDING dog and live life unleashed.
If I were to write an instruction manual for humans on “How to own an outstanding dog like me”, it would start off with ‘Let your dog roll in ‘eau de poo’, sleep on your bed and spoil us with lots and lots of belly rubs and treats’. However, I am not sure this will go down well with every human, so I have changed it slightly to make it easier for them to understand… humans are such simple creatures.
Humans, these are my top tips for you to get the best from your dog:
- Give them a good protein-rich diet to help keep your pet’s weight under control, their coat shining and to promote overall good health.
- Get active - make sure your dog gets regular exercise (and it’s good for humans too). Before heading out, consider your dog’s breed, health and build. For example, short-nosed or flat-nosed breeds are unlikely to be able to go on long runs, while your gun dogs are made for longer adventures. Remember, dogs need to get fit gradually so build up slowly. If you are unsure, consult your vet for advice on your breed.
- Teach your dog to like the vet. At some stage your dog will need to visit the vet. Try to expose them from a young age. If your vet agrees, pop in for a quick visit (not a consultation with treatments), let them sniff and relax and then reward with treats and leave again. You want your dog to associate the vet with a positive experience.
- Don’t skip training. A good family dog should know the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, drop, and recall. Get into a routine of training for 5 mins a day and be sure to make it fun and filled with rewards. It is good for your dog and builds your bond with them.
- Give your dog love and attention. Let me explain. For us, our humans are our world. When they walk through the door it’s like Christmas morning… every time (no matter how long you have been gone). We know our human’s habits and could most probably tell you about their bowel movements, what shampoo they use and what they are feeling. We watch and observe them all the time. We love morning snuggles and coffee dates and simply want to be close to them. We see when they are happy and when they are sad. We know which shoes mean we are going for a walk and when it’s time to settle down and watch your favourite TV show. We simply want to be part of the family.
So humans, it’s quite simple. You are going to get out what you put in. We will love you unconditionally but the more you teach and love us, the more enjoyable owning ‘man’s best friend’ becomes.
By George Swainson – CEO of Pawfect