Monday, November 3, 2008

Dogs Do Get Bored, Just Ask Dozer

Dogs get bored, Dozer is a well loved 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier, she gets to go with Dad to work, and almost every where else he goes, but sometimes she gets left at home. Dozer tends to chew things up, usually when she is left home alone, bored dogs may even go to the extreme of chewing on themselves!

Toys are an excellent way to deal with Dozers boredom, she has favorite toys, as do all children. It is important to put down four or 5 of her favorite toys just as you leave the house, and pick them up as soon as you return. This brings her attention to the toys, and away from other things she may chew on. These are special toys, they are all new each time you leave, and are only there when she is alone, they will keep her engaged for hours.

However, dogs have a very short attention span, which is why it is vital to put down a number of toys rather than just one. Another way to teach your dog to deal with boredom, which can also be caused because she is lonely, is to leave the television or radio on to a talk show.

Human voices are soothing to dogs, and Dozer likes to hear human voices a lot. However, if your dog has a vitamin or mineral deficiency no amount of training will stop her from chewing, this must be dealt with by the veterinarian.

Things that indicate a vitamin or mineral deficiency are:

*Eating your houseplants

*Eating dirt or garbage

*Eating her own stool or that of other animals

Your veterinarian can tell you many things about your dog, and if you are trying to train your dog something and she just wont learn, make sure there is no physical reason before giving up on her.

Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California

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