|Some dogs are friendly by nature. They like to be acknowledged by their owners and the people around them / Photo by: Branislav Nenin via Shutterstock|
Some dogs are friendly by nature. They like to be acknowledged by their owners and the people around them. People, on the other hand, love giving endless love to their pets, especially if they're active and playful. It’s a wonderful thing when humans and their pets bond. But there’s a slight problem with giving too much attention to “man’s best friend”
Use food as a treat, but not too much
Friendly and social dogs are often spoiled with treats as their humans pet them. Sometimes, dogs fail to see the distinction of doing bad and good things when the value of treat-giving is not totally considered by their owners. Consider using healthier treats that contain natural ingredients such as Hill’s Pet, an American pet food company that produces dog and cat foods.
Owners should also remember that doling out treats to their pets is part of their training in order to teach their pet the difference between bad and good deeds. If the dog becomes used to unnecessary treats coming from the people in their environment, it could affect their obedience to their owners.
Aside from that, remember that you shouldn’t give leftovers to your dogs. Although human foods are rich in calories, vitamins, and minerals, they are not always what the dog needs. Spoiling a dog can start as soon as you let them eat from your plate; this will encourage them to display bad behavior like begging and overeating.
Have time with your pet
Dogs enjoy spending time with their owners. You could use this to your advantage and let them learn how to follow your commands. Mom.com, an online portal for parenthood, states that training your dog to follow your commands will let them learn to practice restraint. If you allow your pet to live a life without rules and expectations, this can confuse your pet.
It is essential for your pet to be properly trained once in a while, and in order for your command to stick with them, pick a time when you can focus all your attention on your pet. Ideally, you can do retraining during the long weekends so that you can work with them consistently.
|Dogs enjoy spending time with their owners. You could use this to your advantage and let them learn how to follow your commands / Photo by: Cristina Conti via Shutterstock|
Disciplining your pets
It’s advisable to check your dog’s behavior frequently. Proofing is what they call the last step in training your dog’s behavior. According to The Spruce Pets, a pet portal that covers topics from adoption to training and care, behavior could still change even if your dog has reached the final stages of your training. Proofing could be practiced in different situations with a variety of distractions. This will enable your pet to practice in a place he is not familiar with and further strengthen his skills.
Begging is a bad behavior that pet owners often tolerate. Too many treats and too much food could lead to serious health problems and obesity. You could teach your dog to go to his own eating space to wait for his own food, so that he doesn't get used to waiting for you. Tolerance is also a way of teaching them the wrong way.
When worse comes to worst and the dog misbehaves, isolate him and learn to resist his begging. Dogs always crave attention and a harmless punishment is to at least ignore them for a couple of minutes.
Our pets play a significant part in our lives; they make us happy just by being cute and loyal and, in return, we shower them with love. But too much love could be dangerous in the long-run. If we truly love them, we should know better. Teach them the right habits so that you and your pet may live harmoniously.
Risks of having a spoiled dog
As we shower our beloved dogs with love as if they’re our children, there’s always the risk of giving too much. You probably like giving them rewards every time you see them do cute things. Some owners like to rub their bellies, some compliment them, some dog parents give them treats and snacks, yet excessive treats and snacks could affect a dog’s health. These could add unwanted pounds to our furry little dog babies. This, in turn, could lead to obesity.
According to Stuff.com, New Zealand's largest and most popular news site, dog owners in the country claimed that they were aware of their dog breed’s healthy weight. However, these pet owners also said that they didn’t know the impact that obesity can have on their dog’s life.
Fortunately, obesity is a preventable disease in pets. It is a dangerous condition that can subtract years from your dog's life. It could also affect their daily lifestyle since it could prevent them from freely moving around. As our furry pals gain more unnecessary weight, playtime will decrease as they easily feel fatigued and the idea of walking at the park will not appeal to them. Happy days in the park will become a distant memory since their bones and joints will weaken under the weight of their body.
|As we shower our beloved dogs with love as if they’re our children, there’s always the risk of giving too much / Photo by: MirasWonderland via Shutterstock|