Does you dog have a safe place to retreat too, somewhere they can call there own and where they won't get disturbed. This is so important for the wellbeing of your pet and their stress levels. The location should be:

1. A quiet spot, avoid locating it in areas what have a lot of comings and goings. Hallways and walkways are not a good pick.

2. Make sure the space fits your dogs size, he should have room to stand up, stretch and move freely, but also, if you have a small dog, providing a space that is too big can be too much.

3. The area should be somewhere that is against a wall.

4. It needs to be somewhere you dog feels comfortable and away from draft or direct sunlight (unless your dog is a sun worshipper!)

5. Having multiple locations is even better or at least multiple beds and at the height and comfort your dog prefers. It should be comfortable enough that you could lie on it and protected from hard floors!

6. Natural light is also import especially if your dog is left in this area when you are out.

7. Never send your dog to this safe place or their bed as a punishment. All they learn from this instruction is the area is now a negative place.

8. Make sure all visitors including children respect that the dog wants to be left alone when in this area. If your dog has retreated into his own space or somewhere away from visitors make sure he is not disturbed.

Does you dog have a safe place to retreat too, somewhere they can call there own and where they won't get disturbed. This is so important for the wellbeing of your pet and their stress levels. The location should be:

1. A quiet spot, avoid locating it in areas what have a lot of comings and goings. Hallways and walkways are not a good pick.

2. Make sure the space fits your dogs size, he should have room to stand up, stretch and move freely, but also, if you have a small dog, providing a space that is too big can be too much.

3. The area should be somewhere that is against a wall.

4. It needs to be somewhere you dog feels comfortable and away from draft or direct sunlight (unless your dog is a sun worshipper!)

5. Having multiple locations is even better or at least multiple beds and at the height and comfort your dog prefers. It should be comfortable enough that you could lie on it and protected from hard floors!

6. Natural light is also import especially if your dog is left in this area when you are out.

7. Never send your dog to this safe place or their bed as a punishment. All they learn from this instruction is the area is now a negative place.

8. Make sure all visitors including children respect that the dog wants to be left alone when in this area. If your dog has retreated into his own space or somewhere away from visitors make sure he is not disturbed.

Did you know a high percentage of dog owners, especially ones that have had dogs for years do not read their dogs correctly and miss vital signals that dogs use to say they are uncomfortable way before they growl, bark or bite!

http://brightdog.com/dog-aggression-ladder/

Have you got any old marrow bones or hooves your dog has finished and cleaned out, why don't you clean them out and restuff them with something tasty, like a complete wet dog food such as Nature's Diet, Lily's Kitchen, James Wellbeloved or just soak their dry food and stuff it with that. Great for mentally stimulating your dog using their natural instincts.

Mental Stimulation is one of the main areas I see lacking in our dogs lives today. Dogs are forced to conform to our life style we dictate when they get a walk, when they eat and even when they should sit & the rest of the time they are confined to the same four walls day in and day out, no wonder they have behaviour problems. Play and Social Interaction is vitally important for a dogs well being but at the same time we need to help them use their minds regularly using interactive toys, foraging and hunting behaviours on a daily basis like they would in the wild, so they don't lose their minds. @ninaotterson
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