Having grown up in a very small town in eastern Canada, I had always been around dogs and they have always captivated me.

There has always been something about the way they interact with each other that attracted me to learn more about them.

It is interesting to know that all dogs from all over the world, whether it is from China or England, they all speak the same language.

All dogs communicate using mostly their body language, voice and smells.

They can recognize the simplest things like a squinting of the eyes, looking in another direction or hair rising on the scruff (back) of the dog.

This brings us back to the studies of wolves and how their hierarchy affects how they interact with each other.

But now that dogs are living in a completely new environment, say in a suburban area with little or no nature around them, we must begin to start taking into consideration their emotional needs.

Dogs that are having behavioral problems most often do not need to be trained or even hire a dog training expert.

They usually just simply have too much energy store up into them and they cannot burn that energy locked up in a house or apartment.

The best ways to exercise your dog are:

1. Play a retrieving game like fetch or Frisbee.

Lots of running is involved and it will get your dog in an extremely great state of mind.

2. If you are familiar with dog training techniques, you and your partner can stand at opposite ends of a park and practice name recalls, or the come command.

3. Take your dog jogging, biking or rollerblading with you.

Please take the necessary precautions for these sports, but if you live in the country where nobody can bother you and your dog, then go for it!

4. Walk your dog! It is sad to know that the majority of dogs do not even get a formal walk every day.

Their owner simply does not take them outside, other than the backyard, so a walk would be tremendous to get your dog active.

How To Be A Good Dog Owner

Before making the decision about buying a new dog, here are some points you should consider:-

1. Is someone at home for most of the day?

A dog, especially a puppy, should not be left on its own for more than a few hours at a time.

If you are out at work from 9-5 don’t get a dog unless you can make satisfactory arrangements with a friend to let the dog out.

2. What about holidays?

It is sad to say that more dogs are destroyed at holiday time than any other.

Unless you have a helpful family to look after your dog, be prepared for the expense of boarding kennels.

Because of the increase in running costs, reputable kennels now have to make a higher charge – don’t forget to book well ahead.

3. Are you prepared for the cost of keeping a dog?

This includes not only the cost of food, and kennels at holiday time, but also the cost of vaccinations and also possible veterinary fees in case of illness.

A dog, like a child, can fall ill quite suddenly and unexpectedly, so be prepared for any eventuality.

Take out pet insurance for peace of mind.

4. Exercise

To keep healthy and happy, dogs need daily exercise, and this means a good run in a field or park, or a game with a ball, not just a stroll round to the shops on a leash.

If you love your dog, be prepared to sacrifice some of your leisure time each day, whatever the weather.

If you can’t provide this kind of exercise to a dog, consider giving a home to an older dog.

Your local dog’s home may have just the right one for you.

5. Family circumstances

Dogs and children usually love each other and get on well.

but don’t make the mistake of buying a young puppy for a small child.

Young children can be very cruel and a puppy may be badly thrown about.

Worse still a young pup’s bones may easily be broken if a child treats it like a toy.

Wait until the children are older and a little more responsible.

6. Grooming.

If you don’t have much time to spare, choose a dog with a smooth or wire coat which needs little attention to keep it tidy.

Long and curly coated dogs look beautiful, but they need daily grooming to keep them this way.

Poodles need regular trimming, as well as grooming, so unless you are able to do this yourself be prepared for extra expense.

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