You give your dog food and shelter in order to keep it alive and well, but there are three other things that it needs in order to stay healthy, happy and improve the quality of its life. Your dog needs regular exercise to keep its body in shape, its mind needs to be stimulated to keep alert and occupied and it needs to be socialized continually in order for your dog to stay confident and happy.
Keep Your Adult Dog Entertained And Avoid Punishing Him For Sudden Mistakes
Dogs feel sadness when their family tends to ignore them, or do not spend enough quality time with them. When dogs get sad, they act up by displaying negative dog behavior. This includes chewing, digging, barking incessantly and they may even run away. These adult dogs are not acting badly on purpose. They are just reverting back to their natural canine behavior in order to entertain themselves. Since they cannot communicate with words, they communicate with action.
Don’t Just Love Your Dog When It’s Good
Learn to love your pet unconditionally and when it misbehaves, try to seek out the reason for the behavioral problem, instead of scolding or punishing. Remember that your dog is an adult now and is probably very well behaved. This means that when it lashes out and does something wrong, it is usually related to an underlying cause which you can treat with success. Something may be lacking, or out of balance with your dog. Find the cause and then provide the solution.
Keep Your Adult Dog Socialized
Sometimes as our dogs get older and become more mature, we tend not to take them out as much as we did when they were puppies. This is quite understandable, since adult dogs seem to enjoy just lounging around the house in their adult years and watching TV with you. However, to keep your dogs’ mind stimulated and its social skills intact, do your best to take it out as often as possible to greet other people and other dogs.