Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend because they are naturally sociable creatures.
Understanding their needs and behaviors are vital in the proper care of dogs. Being socially friendly they can easily develop an attachment towards their owners or caretakers.
That bond had been strengthened living with their owners over the years. That relationship made dogs to become too dependent on their owners that they easily get upset when they are left alone to fend for themselves.
When that happens, ‘dog depression’ sets in, they become restless and even destructive, such condition is known as Separation Anxiety.
Separation anxiety in dogs is one of the most common canine behavioral problems encountered by veterinarians and seasoned dog breeders.
Dogs can easily develop this kind of behavior if they do not have enough ‘socialization’. It can also occur if a dog is repeatedly transferred from one owner to another.
Dogs that came from animal shelters and those who had experienced traumatic events such as being in the house during a fire, during a burglary attempt, or while an alarm system sounded, or when they fail to cope with a sudden change in environment may show signs of anxiety .
It is often difficult to treat this condition because the behavior only occurs when the owner is not around. It can also be alarming when the owner leaves for an extended period of time.
Experts say that there are medications that can suppress anxiety. These are often used on dogs with severe separation anxiety or when owners simply must leave the dog alone for an extended period while treatment is being done.
The use of drugs allows the dog to spend extended periods of time free of anxiety. A veterinarian should be consulted for further information about the use of safe and effective anxiety suppressing drugs.
Taking care of your dogs involve showing them the proper care and attention to all of their needs and housing is one of them.
The most popular exterior dog houses are made of wood, simply composed by four walls a roof and a door.
Dog houses made of concrete have proven to be very cold during winter while aluminum ones are extremely hot in the sunny weather making those two options a very cruel way to house your canine pets.
The first thing you need to know about dogs whether they are of large or small toy dog breeds, is that they need lots of exercise .
All dogs need to be let out at least once every 8 hours and should be given at least a 20 minute walk to give them some fresh air, some physical activity and a chance to relieve themselves.
To play with your dogs on a regular basis is highly recommended. Playing with them for 30 minutes a day, is not only good for their physical well being but for their mental health as well and make them less likely to become depressed dogs.
What you feed for your dogs is very important to their continued good health. Better still, proper nutrition will be marked for what kinds of food or supplement that is appropriate for them.
Younger dogs need vitamins and minerals in larger amounts than adult dogs, and the same goes for elderly dogs which they need more calcium in their food to help protect their bones and joints.
Feeding your dogs the wrong food can stunt the dogs’ growth and opens the dogs to ailments when they get older.
Regular checkups every six months and vaccinations that need to receive the required shots every year from your veterinarian are highly advised, to be assured that your pets grow healthy and happy dogs.