Endorsing Products & Toys: A Commentary by Vivian Zottola, CPDT
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Dog Behavior Counselor, I always consider the dogs perspective. This obviously is paramount. With every product I consider physiological and psychological developmental needs and if the product meets any.
No product or service should replace time spent with our dogs. Its important that we dedicate our free time with our animals. Why have a dog or other animal in our lives if we have no time to spend with them? This is not only unfair, but more important it leads to behavioral issues. The opposite is also true. That is, too much time with our companion pets may create a problem with anxiety. I have seen mild separation anxiety and in some cases the truly clinical version of this behavior problem. It is extremely sad for both animal and guardian. That said, the reality of life is some of us work outside of our home. So what to do? In my Professional opinion based on ten years of experience and supporting evidence the best option is to have your dog remain at home in their familiar environment. While doggie day care is tempting unless the ratio of dog to person is very low (ideal is 4/1) it could cause more behavioral problems since dogs need close skilled supervision. Staying at home then means your home needs to be "dog proofed" for safety and to help curb any behavior issues i.e. barking. Also you must plan Mental and Physical activity daily including auditory, olfactory and visual stimulation. Simply turn the music on classical (auditory stimulation) , spray all Natural Essential Oil Blend line we make called K9Aromatherapy.com - use the Mello Mist (1 ounce $ 18 ) on bedding in the air or on your hands to massage on their head and neck before you leave (olfactory stimulation). Other Olfactory stimulation you could hide toys and treats or use an interactive toy. As important is scheduling a Professional Dog Walker to provide enriching walks (physical stimulation) every 2-4 hours preferably set it up so your pup has another dog to walk with. More than one other dog and its not fun for walker or other dogs on the group walk.
In between walks your dog needs something to do other than sleeping. If you don't give your dog something to do they will find something to do, namely chew or destroy your furniture. Providing your dog with an interactive toy(s) helps stimulate their interest, keep them occupied by practicing problem solving and tire them out. Studies and client feedback suggest the dogs who follow this plan remain well adjusted and exhibit low stress levels." -
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