Much like humans, dogs need both mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Anxiety in our canine companions is becoming increasingly common. A large contributer is the many hours spent at home alone, often in small backyards.It is important that when we do get to spend time with our furry friends, as it gets their bodies moving and minds thinking. Now that we are coming into the warmer months, it is a great idea to bring our dogs along on family outings.
These days, there are many dog friendly cafes, holiday parks, camping spots as well as parks and rivers that make a perfect place for a summer play date! They can be great ways to get your dog out and exploring the world. However, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with doggy behaviours that indicate stress and anxiety before you start bringing them along. Not all dogs are going to enjoy leaving their familiar surroundings. Behaviours to look out for are licking their lips, panting, yawning and drooling.
If you are taking your dog out and about for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming for them at first, either with excitement or nerves. That's why it is important when getting a puppy to get them out and socialising when they are young. It is always a good idea to start with small short outings, keeping it positive and fun. Reward the good and desirable behaviours and ignore the bad! This can be as simple as verbal praise, or a favourite treat or toy. Another way to help with the initial anxieties is the use of an Adaptil spray or collar, as they can help calm those added nerves so your dog is able to listen to you and enjoy themselves.
Remember, taking your dog on adventures should be fun for the both you and your furry friend. If they don't seem to be enjoying themselves, there are always things we can do to get them thinking and having fun at home in familiar territory before they take on the unknown! The main thing is that we always have their wellbeing in mind and do the best we can to keep them happy and healthy.If you have a pooch that is going to enjoy more time spent out with the family, it is important to do you research beforehand. Make sure you know whether your dog needs to be on a leash and if they are allowed off leash, ensure their recall is on point! It is also important to make sure that your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, flea, worming and tick treatments before taking them out to socialise. Other things to remember when bringing your furry friend along for a fun day out are fresh water, a water bowl, a lead and collar, poo bags, toys and treats and a pet first aid kit for extra caution!