Lifestyle Needs for Dogs

The rule is simple; just like we need dogs, they need us. The dogs are famous for loyalty towards the owner. Do we give them the due importance and care? Are we maintaining the lifestyle they deserve and we can afford?

As per researchers, the dogs were used to be wolves about one hundred thousand years ago. As per popular theories, they turned to domesticated animal about 15,000 years ago. They became the friend of human beings ever since. To this day, they cared, hunted, nurtured, and guarded for humans.

Today, we find dogs in every other household but they are mostly for security purposes. The truth is; they need love and affection from us. Scientists have scanned the brain of dogs and the results showed that they react to smells and odors.

The dogs and other pets are often left outside in unpleasant climate conditions. The dogs just look after the place and bark at the strangers, that’s it. Is it what they can do the best? The answer is ‘no.’ Can we make them become a better help for us? The answer is a ‘yes.’ How? Well, if we give them proper training and care, they can do wonders for us.

The following ten important points can make your dog happy and a better friend of humanity.


  1. They want a safe and comfortable living environment

The cats and dogs are very sensitive in nature. Except for some breeds, most of the dogs like to live inside the house. The exceptions include the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky breeds that like to live in a doghouse. For centuries, dogs have lived outside of human houses; the time has changed and now there are risks of living outside of the house. Some of the common risks are enlisted below;

  • Pesticides
  • Rough weather
  • Nasty neighbors
  • Poisonous snakes
  • Dangerous gardening tools

Imagine how too hot or too cold weather can affect dogs. You may think; they are not human beings and they can adjust in tough situations. You are right; they can adjust but we can provide them better conditions. It is true that dogs love to hang out some part of the day but they find it boring to live all day outside.


  1. They do not want to be trapped in a parked car

We often see dogs suffering in a parked car. Often times we see such incidents where the dog owner leaves the dog inside the car and as the temperature of the car rises due to heat, the dog experiences suffocation or any similar issue.

If it is a matter of just 30 minutes, it is fine to leave the dog inside the car. In this case, the car windows should be 1 inch open at least. It is important to mention that the dogs cannot perspire, which make them surfer a lot; they cannot help themselves. The rule is; never ever leave the dog in a parked car in warm weather.


  1. They want to be taken out for exercise

The dogs like to exercise; moreover, exercise is also good for their wellbeing. The owner should spare some time for a walk; otherwise, another person can take the dog for a walk. This way, dogs remain fit and different health issues stay away. Consider changing the route and allow the dog to explore all the new smells.

Being left in the yard is not enough because the dog will not run up and down like an athlete in training! The dog can experience behavioral problems if kept isolated and confined. In other words, dogs like and need to indulge in physical activities.


  1. They want to socialize

Just like human beings like to socialize with other human beings, dogs like to interact with other dogs. The dogs that remain confined and isolated display shy or aggressive behaviors. If you intend to participate in a dog show, your shy or aggressive dog will not do well in front of other dogs. The dog needs to get used to other dogs so that she behaves well at dog fairs, community events and when meeting other dogs during exercise. While taking out the dog, make sure your dog get used to the following:

  • Strange smells
  • Mixed weather
  • Men with beards
  • Frenetic and noisy kids
  • Different floor textures
  • Women with long skirts

These things are all part of your dog socialization program. Taking out the dog who is not familiar with outside environment is risky. An unreliable dog can fight on your hands or bite a child. Your dog may behave normal at home but can do silly things in unfamiliar situations.


  1. They need boundaries, just like kids

The dogs are just like kids; so train them as per your preferences. To be precise, a dog has a brain of two years old kid. The dog training program normally takes about 10 months. This training program ends on a high note, with the dog having done it right and getting a reward. A carefully planned and executed training pays off; mean to say, the dog becomes cheerful and calmer.


  1. They want to eat well

It might surprise you that dogs have good taste in food. Some people argue that dogs like to eat raw or uncooked meat. It does not apply to all dogs because the digestive system of pet dogs has evolved and they are no longer equipped to process this raw meat. The raw meat may also have some viruses or other issues. On the other hand, just like human beings, a balanced diet of fat, carbs, and protein is a good option for dogs. Feeding dogs in the morning and evening regularly is a good habit.


  1. They need brain training

Some interactive toys, devices, and games are good for the brain training of dogs. This way, we can teach them important lessons and skills that will benefit us at a later stage. It is good to expose the dog to new smells, situations, and sights.


  1. They need to earn a rewards

During the dog training, different important tasks are associated with a reward. The habits of the dog may spoil if the dog gets reward without doing anything. Here, it is important to mention that too much love may spoil your dog. There are some toys available for dogs that are actually puzzles; the dog solves the puzzles and gets food/reward.


  1. They do not want too much talk

The dogs have brain like a two year old child; they can understand what we discuss. They notice our gestures and interpret them. If we talk too much in front of dogs, it may annoy them based on their past learning. It is much better to use our body language more effectively and to talk less in front of dogs.


  1. They do not want to be hugged

The dogs really may not feel good when you hug them affectionately. Do not worry; there are other ways to show your love and affection. Some dogs may bite when you try to hug them because they do not consider it a friendly gesture. Try rubbing their back near their tail and do not pat their head if you want to express your love. He or She may not like it!