3. DAILY MENTAL WORKOUTS
Chewing and digging can indicate boredom. Give your pal something to think about with daily training. Practicing basic commands in new situations, such as a busy park, or learning new skills together will also help strengthen the bond you share. When teaching new tricks, experts recommend breaking them down into steps. (For roll over, teach lie down, then play dead and finally roll over.) Reward success with praise, tummy rubs and a few low-calorie Berkley Jensen Training Treats. Not getting it? Switch to a skill he knows so he feels successful, not frustrated.
4. LOTS OF LOVE
Did you know that spending quality time with your dog is good for both of you? While you’re snuggling, playing or just making steady eye contact, you’re also reducing damaging stress chemicals in the bloodstream that can lead to disease. You’re also getting a big boost of endorphins — those are the chemicals that make dogs and people feel happy and alive. So make time for a little downtime with your buddy every day.
5. SLEEP AND RELAXATION
Is your dog tossing, turning or just refusing to go to bed? It could be their sleeping situation. Dogs instinctively watch for danger when they feel exposed. Try placing the bed in a semi-enclosed space (between your bed and a wall is ideal) and be sure it matches your dog’s sleep style: