Sometimes it feels like you’ll lose your sanity if you have to take another walk with your dog in the snow, rain, or freezing temperatures – or a combination of all three! Mental stimulation is just as important to your dog’s well-being as physical exercise, and smart play can offer hours of constructive, creative fun. So just because you don’t have an open space to play in, doesn’t mean you can’t have quality playtime with your pup! Below are three positive-reinforcement training games to play with your dog – yep, you guessed it – indoors.
The same principles apply to our dogs. Outward signs that our dogs are undergoing moderate or extreme stress include panting, drooling, lip licking, yawning, shaking and vocalization. Since they can’t describe to us how stressed out they feel in one situation compared to another, measuring levels of cortisol, blood pressure and other internal changes can help to pin down just how much stress a dog experiences. A number of clinical and peer-reviewed studies suggest that two of these nutraceuticals, Alpha-casozepine (also called Zylkene, Vetoquinol, Lactium and casein hydrolysate) and L-Theanine (Anxiatane, Virbac, Suntheanine), may significantly reduce stress in dogs.
Dominance is not a personality characteristic (as in, my dog is energetic and dominant), it is found in relationships between individuals. By definition, dominance refers to an individual’s ability to take charge of or influence others but to be dominant requires the presence of those other individuals; I can’t just walk around by myself being dominant.