Activities For An Assertive Dog

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Introduction

Each dog in the world has a unique set of qualities and personality. There are canines who are more assertive and self-assured compared to others, regardless of what breed they are. If you happen to have a dog who is assertive, then you are in luck. Assertive dogs have a certain sense of confidence that makes them a joy to be around with. However, these types of dogs also need to be with the right type of owners – those who will establish that they are in charge and not the other way around. As the owner, you need to take charge and get your dog involved in the right activities to help keep their assertive side at bay. 

Doggy Work Visit

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Free
Easy
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and bowl
waste bags
Activity description

If you want to prevent your dog from being assertive or aggressive, one of the best things that you can do is facilitate proper socialization. Your dog should constantly be exposed to other people as well as a variety of environments. A good activity that you can do is to bring your dog to work. Aside from socialization, there are a lot of other benefits that come with bringing your four-legged friend to your workplace. For one, you won’t have to leave your dog behind at home, which gives you more bonding time together. Additionally, having your dog in your place of work has been shown to increase productivity and to boost motivation and morale. 

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Find out your company's rules
Before you can bring your dog to work, you first have to get permission from your company. Fortunately, because of the many benefits of bringing dogs to work, more and more companies are encouraging and allowing canines in the workplace. Just make sure to know and follow the rules and regulations regarding this matter.
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Assign a safe area for your dog
Needless to say, your dog should have a safe space to stay in a new environment. This area should be one where you can supervise them without being distracted from your responsibilities at work. You may bring your dog’s favorite bed or pillow in order to get them comfortable. Additionally, your dog needs to be well-behaved and friendly to prevent any unwanted chaos involving other employees.
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Go around your office
During your break time or free time at work, put your dog on a leash and take them for a tour around your workplace. This is a good way to get some exercise for your pooch. Moreover, your dog gets exposed to new faces, which could help them become more comfortable around other people.
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Doggy Party

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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Doggy toys
Activity description

When it comes to socialization, your dog should be frequently exposed not just to humans but also to other canines. Lack of socialization can lead to your pooch being hostile towards other dogs, which can be a problem when in public places where other canines are present. One of the best ways to introduce your best furry friend to other dogs is through a doggy party. This activity is pretty much like a normal doggy playdate, albeit a bit more festive and grand. Doggy parties allow for supervised interaction between canines and could help shape your own dog’s behavior towards other dogs. Plus, it is also an excuse to hang out and catch up with your dog-owning friends.

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Plan the details
As the host of the doggy party, it is your responsibility to make the necessary preparations and arrangements. How many guests are you planning to invite? Where are you going to hold the party? What food or drinks will you serve? These are details that you need to plan out to make the party a reality.
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Preparation stage
Once you have an outline of how you want the doggy party to turn out, it is time to actually put things in motion. Buy the food, water, decorations and other stuff that you will need for the party. Also, send out invites for the guests that you want in the party. Also, prepare and arrange the party’s venue.
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Party the day away
As soon as you have prepared everything and things are all set, it is time to enjoy the party. Wait for your guests, both humans and dogs, to arrive. Allow the dogs to get a feel for each other and watch how your pooch interacts with the other canines. As soon as they become comfortable and friendly with each other, you can leave them to play while you and your dog-loving friends do some catching up of your own.
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Animal Shelter Excursion

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Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

Animal shelters are non-profit organizations that are established to rescue animals that have been put up for adoption, abused or neglected and to help them find new homes. In these shelters, you will find plenty of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. As a dog owner and lover, it is natural for you to advocate and support such organizations. By bringing your dog to a shelter, you can use your furbaby as an ambassador for pet rescuing. You also help give joy to the animals in the shelter by letting your dog play with them. At the same time, this is another form of socialization for your own pooch. 

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Choose a shelter
Animal shelters are a dime a dozen; each state in the country will have a number of these shelters in them. Hence, it will not be too hard for you to find one in your area or near where you live. Do your research and look for a shelter that you believe is worth checking out.
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Visit your chosen shelter
Once you have chosen which shelter to go to, contact them and find out about the rules regarding visitation with dogs. Then, you can go bring your pooch with you to visit. Some shelters allow visitors to play with their rescued pets. Who knows, you might even end up fostering or adopting a doggy sibling for your furbaby.
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Dog Park Frolic

One way for your dog to organically socialize with other people and canines is by hanging out in your local dog park. These parks are frequented by dogs and their owners. Apart from socialization, parks also present your pooch with lots of opportunities for recreation and leisure. 

Obedience Training

Assertive dogs are interesting and amusing personality-wise. But, when left untrained, they can start to show signs of aggression and other unwanted behavior. By enrolling your dog in obedience classes, you get to control your dog more through commands. 

Conclusion

Dogs are truly man’s best friend and they should be given the proper care and training for them to thrive. Assertive dogs, just like any other dog, have certain needs that should be provided for. By getting your dog regularly involved in the right set of activities, you will be able to control the outcome of their behavior. The most important thing that you need to have as an owner is patience.