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Advice from RSPCA: the importance of providing your dog with the company it needs

Posted on 9 February, 2011 at 11:11 Comments comments (281)
There is a reason why a dog is man's best friend - their personalities are similar to ours! They crave social activity from the people they know and from people and experiences they don't. Make sure your dog has appropriate company to stimulate him or her both mentally and physically.
The facts:
  • Dogs are sociable animals who need and enjoy company.
  • If dogs are treated well as puppies, they learn to see people as friends and companions.
  • A dog may suffer if it is left without company and has nothing to do for long periods of time.
  • If a dog has appropriate contact with other dogs early in its life, it can become more sociable and enhance its quality of life.
  • Many dogs will either chase or be afraid of animals with whom they are not familiar.
How to make that happen:
  • Make sure that your dog has opportunities to interact positively with appropriate companions so that it does not become lonely or bored.
  • Make sure your dog is never left alone long enough for it to become distressed.
  • If your dog is friendly towards other dogs, allow it to interact with them on a regular basis.
  • When you are away, make sure your dog is properly cared for by a responsible person.
  • If your dog is fearful of, or aggressive towards, other dogs, avoid the situations that lead to this behaviour, and seek advice from a clinical animal behaviourist.
  • If you have more than one dog, house them together if possible, but make sure they have enough space and can get away from one another if they want to.
At Mind My Paws, I provide the opportunity for your dog not only to get all the exercise it needs (whatever the weather!) it also means that he or she gets the chance to interact with other people and animals, which has a positive impact on their lives.