|As your dog becomes an adult, you'll need to adjust your pet care|
As pet carers, we know that adult dogs need different kinds of pet care compared to puppies. Exercise and feeding regimens, obviously, change as your dog ages but remember to consider that your dog may also need different stimulation and socialisation as an adult. Tailoring pet care to the age of your pet is important to keep your dog confident, happy, alert and occupied.
Continue Spending Quality Time With Your Dog And Avoid Punishing Him For Little Mistakes
As your dog ages, their family tends to lavish less attention on them. Dogs feel sad when their family ignores them or don’t set aside quality time for walk and play. When this happens, they act up by displaying negative behaviors. This includes chewing, digging, barking incessantly, and roaming. These adult dogs are not behaving badly on purpose. They’re seeking attention as well as reverting back to entertaining natural canine behaviours. Dogs can’t tell you how they feel or what they want, but they communicate with behaviours. If you notice your dog showing negative behaviours, try to spend more time with them. Consider engaging a dogsitter or dog walker to keep your dog company during the day or leave stimulating pet care toys around the house when you’re out.
If Your Dog Misbehaves, Figure Out Why
Learn to love your pet unconditionally and when he misbehaves, try to figure out why your dog is misbehaving. Remember that he is an adult now and is probably very well behaved most, if not all, of the time. Like children, dogs will act out when they’re unhappy. Something may be causing your dog to act out so if you can find the cause and deal with it, the misbehaving can usually be curbed.
Keep Socialising Your Dog
Sometimes as our dogs get mature, we tend to not take them out as much as we did when they were puppies. As puppies, we all know it is a vital aspect of pet care to socialise our dogs when they’re young, but as adults, dogs tend to spend more time lounging around the house and watching TV than visiting dog parks and participating in dog walking groups. However, to keep your dog social and happy, try to take him out whenever possible to meet people and other dogs even as an adult.
As your dog ages, we at PetHomeStay believe pet care should be adjusted to keep your dog happy and healthy. When your adult dog does misbehave, try to find the root cause of their bad behaviour rather than merely punishing them, as this produces better outcomes for your dog. Lastly, make sure you’re still dog walking on a regular basis and socialising your dog with people and other dogs. Even though he’s not a high-maintenance puppy anymore, your dog still deserves lots of your love and attention!