If you have a dependent dog, there is a pretty good chance that you spend a substantial amount of your time with them. One activity that you can do with your clingy pooch is to have a dedicated “doggy spa day”. This activity is not only a great way for you to bond; it is also a practical move as you get to maintain your dog’s overall well-being. A grooming session every once in a while is necessary, especially if you have a dog that is high-maintenance. Being pampered is something that your dog will truly appreciate and can strengthen your connection with each other.
There is no denying the fact that owners like to spoil their dogs a lot. If you think about it, owners provide their dogs with a place to stay, a warm bed, lots of praise and attention and all meals for free. However, when dogs are spoiled by their owners, they are unable to fulfill their original purpose of working and miss out on activities that will stimulate their minds. An ingenious way to make a dependent dog more self-supporting is to make them “work” for their food with the help of food-dispensing toys. This activity is easy, mentally-challenging and can be done within the comforts of your own home.
Treats are a dog owner’s best friend; these can be used to train your pooch or to simply make them happy. Some dog treats also have useful nutrients that your dog will benefit from. But if you have the spare time and would like to spend time with your dog, you can opt to create your own dog treats at home instead of buying them straight from the store. After all, it is nice to know exactly what goes into the stuff that your dog eats. This activity also presents an opportunity for you actively bond with your dog while giving them something to look forward to. Making treats is not an expensive venture - typically you will have the ingredients on-hand at home. Research a recipe online and get your little taste-tester to try it out!
For dependent dogs, something as simple as having a meal with their owners is an activity that they will deeply appreciate. Whether it’s a homemade meal or store-bought, make sure to enjoy a meal with your pooch every once in a while.
A dog’s everlasting loyalty is just one of the main reasons why they are so easy to love and care for. However, this unconditional devotion may border into dependence, which can be problematic especially when you are cannot be around your dog at all times. But with the right amount of time spent together and proper activities, you can train your dog to become more and more independent.