Ideas From You to Enhance My Dog's Life
I was hoping people could share some ways they enhance their dogs life.
Also suggestions as to what I can add on or change to enhance my dogs life.
For those who don't know and updates for others:
She still has SA, although it's improved some over time, its still there..
I have debated a bigger kennel rather than her XL plastic crate. I am worried that she will hurt herself somehow trying to escape, as she bangs against the metal door on her plastic crate she currently has, unless i turn the metal door to the wall and than she doesn't bang on the metal door, because I think she realizes that she cant break through it that way. But i was thinking if it was a bigger kennel, she would have more room to stretch her legs (literally) be able to enjoy herself more? I do work 35-50 hours a week.. There are some welded wire kennel's that seem safer than chain link, as chain link gives and some dogs will chew through it, etc.
Also because of her hips I dont allow her to run very much if at all. During the summer we can swim as a great way to release her energy. We walk about 2-4 miles a day, i feel like even that she is sore.. (I do split up the 3 miles, 2-3 times a day) Before it started to freeze rain which left a lot of places icy for weeks, i was able to take her to new places- new stimulation. At this point we been mainly going in town.
She does play with one other dog, since she likes other dogs.
I been doing great obedience with her, we learn a new trick every 2 weeks on average. We keep sessions short as she gets frustrated easy and will become rude and do it a few times a day using treats at first until she fully understands, than toys as a reward and than she does the trick and will get what she wants such as going outside as the reward. I try to reinforce it. Also part of her basic NILIF.
I do get her new toys, antlers, etc. She has the kong wobler and a few other treaty games which are fun for her.
I was thinking about starting tracking with her, and recently purchased a book on it, as i know nothing about. I think i've seen people on here, with HD dogs have their dogs do tracking. Zelda seems to enjoy smelling things and will follow a little trail it seems.. (not that i know a lot about it)
Anyways most of you know a lot about my dog i'm sure already.. (as this might be repetitive for some)
But the guilt i feel when i leave her and I know some dogs are a lot worse of it, but sometimes i feel like i could be a much better person for her and need ideas. I just feel so guilty whenever I leave her! SA dogs are hard.. I want her life to be more enhanced somehow when I'm away. Do you guys have any ideas on that too?
Mom of: "Zelda"
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Born: December 15, 2012
In my Care: May 01, 2013