Proper training is the most important thing you can do to improve your dog’s behavior. All dogs should know basic doggy obedience commands. Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down are the most important ones. If your canine buddy doesn’t quite have these down yet, take him back to school! Housetraining is also important. If Fido has behavioral problems, such as jumping on people, ask your vet or a professional dog behaviorist for advice.
Our canine friends are quite active. If Fido doesn’t have a good outlet for all that pent-up energy, he’s much more likely to misbehave. Make sure your canine buddy is getting enough exercise. Playing fun games like fetch with your pooch is a great way to help him burn off that extra vigor. Since your dog’s activity needs will depend on his age, breed, weight, and health, ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Dogs are very intelligent, and can get bored just sitting around with nothing to do. Actually, boredom can lead or contribute to several bad doggy habits, such as digging and chewing. Make sure that Fido has plenty of fun toys to keep him occupied. Even if you have a fenced yard for your canine buddy to patrol, walk him regularly, so he can enjoy a change of scenery.
Just like people, dogs can get a bit grumpy if they don’t feel well. Your pet can’t tell you if he feels sick, so it’s up to you to watch for signs of potential health problems. If Fido seems cranky, have your vet examine him to rule out any medical issues. If you get the all-clear, then you can move on to behavioral counseling.
Do you have any questions about Fido’s health or care? Is your dog due for shots or an exam? Please contact us, your Simi Valley, CA animal hospital, anytime. We are here to serve all of your canine pal’s veterinary care needs.