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Doggie Daddies (And Mommies Too): Practical Pointers For Parenting Your Pooch

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Showing love to our pets is highly recommended and comes naturally to most of in. In fact, many of us may even “humanize” our pets making them one of “us” and one of the family. Still, while experts commend us on our compassion and caring they make the following suggestions for catering to your canine.

1. Use canine (not human) “common sense”: Dogs are and always will be dogs and not humans they say. So, while YOU may get a big thrill out of trendy clothes, chances are they DON’T. Nor are they impressed with fancy dining dishes, and collars with bling. So, before you pamper your pet, make sure you’re giving him (or her) what he or she really need, which is regular exercise, a stable pack leader and affection that is appropriately earned.

2. Don’t over “pamper” your pooch: According to experts, giving affection at the wrong time can actually help foster your pet’s fears and an unstable mind. They caution against exhibiting affection when your pup is frustrated, nervous, tense, aggressive or anxious. And, they add that just like “coddling” a spoiled or “unruly” child and “misbehaving” mate, you are only encouraging and fostering the negative behaviour. So, when should you show love and affection? Only when your doggie has earned it, such as when he or she has eaten and exercised, on when your instructions/commands were properly followed.

3. Get familiar with doggie dynamics: And that includes communication skills. Experts suggest that most human misunderstand their canine companions and the fact that they experience the world via senses including scent, sight, and sound. So, they often try to connect with their dog by making eye contact and speaking. However, for a better bond, experts suggest establishing trust by allowing your pooch to experience your scent first.

4. Don’t blame it on breed: While there ARE certain traits inherent to different breeds, professionals point out that breed does not necessarily dictate behaviour. In fact, they suggest that believing that is like believing any other stereotype or generalization. They go on to say that all dogs have the same potential, and that choosing a companion with a compatible energy level and that would be ideal for your lifestyle is more important than trying to pinpoint a perfect breed.

5. Keep your pup on a short leash: At least figuratively, not literally. According to experts, dogs, like children, want and need leadership and authority. In fact, experts suggest that without strong leadership dogs may feel insecure and can even develop issues such as fears, anxiety, phobias, aggression and obsessions. And, in order to take on the role of leader you must follow the guidelines: Exercise, discipline and then affection”.

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