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Posted by in Blog on January 7, 2018

Some daily activity and exercise is essential, allowing freedom to move about in a natural manner.

Lack of exercise leads to poor muscle tone, obesity, heart ailments, bone disorders and often results in emotional problems and dog behavior quirks.

Dogs with no exercise subjected to overcrowding and confinement in cages for prolonged periods, often their entire lives, develop a great variety of physical and emotional disorders.

An exercised dog may rest more calmly at home and be less nervous when left alone. Exercise can improve dogs bone and joint health, heart, and lung function.

Exercise makes show dogs look better and feel better to a judge’s exploring hands. (Because a happy dog looks more gorgeous).

The best exercise channels the activity of both mind and body. Some people believe that dogs need a big garden so they can get plenty of exercise.

The truth is that most dogs do not exercise when they are outdoors by themselves; they spend most of their time laying in the shadow and waiting for “their people” to play with them.

You do not need to take up marathon running in order to adequately exercise your dog.Make your walks interesting.

Let your dog carry a box, a basket, or a toy while walking. Let your dog jump or balance over a tree, hide his toys, hide yourself, and most important – let him play with other dogs! Open the leash when another dog approaches, to prevent “leash-aggression”.

(Don’t worry, they will not kill each other). A dog that tries to “guard” against all strangers is neither happy nor likely to live out a full lifespan. Help your dog learn to enjoy other dogs and people.

Teach your dog to retrieve. A dog who retrieves is easy to exercise. But throw the toy rather far than high.

Jumping high in the air to chase it and landing awkwardly may lead to serious knee injuries.Some games to playFIND ITThis one is great fun for the dog.

Show your dog a treat or his favorite toy, and then place it out of his sight but easily accessible in a dark room.

Tell him to SEEK – his success you will praise enthusiastically. Obviously, the rewards for the dog are multiple – he gets a treat or finds his toy plus a very happy handler.

If using a toy, be sure to reward his find with some play before starting again.You can increase the difficulty of FIND IT by hiding the dogs treats in less accessible places, like in a shoe, or on a low shelf. This can be practiced indoors as well as anywhere else!Alternative exercise:Tunnel exercise – Make a tunnel or maze with some old cardboard boxes or chairs and encourage your dog to explore and go through it.

Concentration exercise – Hide some treats inside an old wash-glove or in a rolled up towel, this is fun for your dog!Brain exercise – Turnover a bowl and hide the treats under it.

Doggie must use his creativity to turn the bowl and get all treats. That is exciting exercise!

Most people do not stop to think about it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to walk your dog. And because most people do not think about it, most people get it wrong.Fact.

‘Whats the big deal?’ you probably wonder, since we all do it, and most of our dogs are perfectly happy, why should it matter? But it does matter, because if you fail to get it right it can lead to all sorts of problems – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday it will come back to bite you (I hope in the metaphorical sense).

Walking your dog is the most important and significant time you can spend with your dog. This is when your dog understands its ‘pack’ most clearly. I know its become unfashionable to think about dogs as pack animals and people prefer the warm and fluffy companion version of their animal, but the reality is that your dog has been bred for generation upon generation to be a pack animal.

Dogs live in packs, whether you like it or not. Your dog lives in a pack – if you could ask your dog it would tell you that you and it and the rest of your household are a pack.

That doesn’t mean that you need to lose the warm and fluffy companion aspect of your dog, far from it, but you need to recognise that there are times where a certain amount of adherence to the laws of the pack are required – walking is the key time for this to be the case. Why? Because that’s when the pack really comes into its own.

You can be warm and fluffy every other minute of your day with your dog, but on the walk, you need to be firmly in control.

Here are three simple ways that you can do this.Keep the dogs lead short.A short lead gives you control as to when your dog stops, starts and where it goes.

On the walk, you make the decisions on this, not your dog. Hold the lead so your dog is either directly at your side or a half step behind. Your dog should never lead the way, but should follow you. Your dog doesn’t get to sniff about or just suddenly stop when it wants.

You decide all of this. There should be virtually no slack on the lead when you walk.Toileting happens where you want it toYou do not stop on your walk until you decide, which means your dog has no choice but not to do its business until you let it.

Once you have come to an area you deem appropriate, you can let your dog sniff around and find its own space within that space.Play/reward is an important part of the walkYour dog needs to think of your pack outing (the walk) as being like work. Its not a social event.

But that’s not to say that you and your dog cant have fun. The walk should be at least 30 minutes total (depending on the age and health of your dog – if in doubt, double check with your vet).  But within that time, you should plan to play and relax.

Now that may be throwing a ball around the park, or letting your dog loose in order to have agood sniff about and rummage in the flow, it can be whatever you like. But you should make a point of trying to have fun – cuddles and treats and happy voices. But the play should only be a fraction of the total walk time.

So in a 30 minute walk, maybe 7 or 8 minutes should be for fun and games. You can read here to see why walking your dog properly is such a big dealFollowing these simple rules will allow for a much more successful and productive walk, and will only stand to improve your dog’s behaviour.

 

I know what you are thinking – who wants to read about clipping your dachshunds nails, but the truth is its because you dread doing it that you really ought to read about it.There are lots of reasons that people put off trimming their dogs nails.

Most of those reasons revolve around it being a really unenjoyable task.

On the whole, dogs do not like having their nails clipped, and dachshunds are no different.

Unless your dog is really well trained, it can be a physical and emotional trial getting your doxie to be still enough for you to try and trim their nail: physical in terms of your dog wrestling to get free and away from the ‘evil’ clippers, and emotional in terms of how it makes you feel fighting to do something to your beloved pooch that it doesn’t like.

But the bottom line is that it needs to be done.If you are of the disposition to particularly struggle with the emotional aspect of insisting on clipping your dogs nails, despite its struggles, then its really important to know why you need to trim those nails.

Knowing the importance of the act can help you persevere in the face of strong objection from your dog.

The main reason that you clip your dachshunds nails is that if the nails are too long then they are prone to break, and broken nails on a dog run the risk of becoming infected.

The second reason is that long nails on a dogs paw will affect the way that paw hits the ground when walking, which alters the dogs ‘gate’ or stride.

Over even a short period of time, this can cause strain on your dogs skeletal frame, and ultimately can be really quite damaging.

I am sure I do not need to tell you of the issues associated with dachshunds and spinal injuries, so let me simply say that this is as important on a dachshund than anything else you can do to protect your dogs spine.Knowing why you need to get those nails cut is a real help if you find it a horrific experience. But remember that your dog feeds from your anxieties, and your worry only makes it worse.

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