Following last week’s thoughts on separation anxiety and lack of socialisation we would now like to cover the other two main issues we see an increasing number of dogs exhibit.
Lack of even the most basic of training is a huge problem for our centre to have to deal with. Dogs that jump up, mouth, lunge, have no recall or will not sit or stay on command are potentially dangerous to themselves, humans and other animals alike. In reality a dog that has no recall or that will not ‘stay’ is a dog over which there is very little effective control. It should be in everyone’s interest to want to train their dog in these most basic but vital of commands. Sadly this appears not to be the case in many instances that we see.
Training classes are widely available and, in this age of the Internet and travel links, should be relatively easy to sign up to. The class itself is the tip of the iceberg and following up on techniques learnt is the only key to success. These sessions also serve to reinforce the bond between owner and dog and serve to develop a better socialised pet, especially around others of its own kind.
The final main common denominator we are seeing increasingly is a general lack of fitness and a corresponding number of obese dogs. There is no formula for length of walks required as this will vary enormously from breed to breed and dog to dog. Clearly it would not be wise to own a Border Collie as a family pet if you only intended on walking it for half an hour a day and always around the same route. If you owned an elderly dog with a touch of arthritis this may be more than enough. A common misconception is that smaller breeds would not need as much exercise as larger ones. Again please research the type of dog you are looking to get. Many terrier breeds for example have high activity demands whilst greyhounds need less than you would think.
Either way, as for humans, obesity rates are going through the roof. Basically we are feeding them too much and walking/running them too little. Clearly there are some health reasons such as thyroid issues, weight gain following neutering for bitches or joint problems etc but in general we, as owners, are often the cause behind our fat and unfit pet dogs.