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Keeping Your Four Legged Friend Content And Occupied

Depending on the breed of your dog and their individual personality, they will have different needs and requirements. Some breeds tend to be needier than others, demanding around the clock attention: Australian Shepherds, Brussels Griffon and German Shorthaired Pointers, to name but a few. Other dogs are generally more independent and prefer to keep to themselves: Akitas, Shar Peis, Jack Russell Terriers, and Chihuahuas. But regardless of your dog’s neediness, they all need to be kept occupied throughout the day to keep them healthy, content and happy. So, how to go about this? Here are a few tips and tricks.

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Long Walks

A long walk once a day will wear your dog out a little. They will have less energy to cause mayhem around the house and even better, they’ll love you all the more for it. After all, almost all dogs love walkies! Long will refer to different distances, depending on your breed. But not to worry. You’ll know when they’re worn out and ready to head back home. Opt for a stretchy lead attached to a harness for your walks. This means that your dog can stray further from you, taking more steps and also giving them the chance to explore their surroundings.

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Interactive Toys

Chances are, your dog already has their favorite soft toy. It’s the one they grab before going to bed each night. But there are plenty of interactive toys that will keep them intrigued and occupied throughout the day. Some require your involvement, such as tug and pull toys. But others will allow your dog to play by themselves. Invest in at least one smart dog toy for times when you may be out of the house or otherwise occupied: these may encourage your pooch to solve puzzles in exchange for automatically dispensed treats. These will exercise your dog’s mind and body all at once.

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If your dog often appears lonely or disinterested, perhaps they’re in need of a friend! If you have the time, energy and means to take on another dog, why not? Consider adopting a furry friend. This will give a needy pooch a loving home with company. Just make sure that they are friendly with other dogs first. You could take your dog to meet them before signing the papers to ensure that they’re compatible and get along. Alternatively, you could get a puppy. This new little addition to your family will intrigue your own dog and give them another little being to nurture and care for.

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If you’re not ready to take on another dog full-time, you could arrange puppy playdates. Arrange for friends to bring their dog along too when they next pop in for a tea or coffee. Your pooch will love this new friend and the temporary company, but you don’t have the responsibility of taking on another dog into your home permanently. Alternatively, make a walking partner. This means your dog will have a friend on their walks to look forward to seeing each day.

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