***EASTER TIPS FOR YOUR ANXIOUS OR REACTIVE DOG***
Easter time is a great opportunity to spend time with family, friends and of course your dog.
So it's important to remember that with the possible increase in people coming into your home, a change in routine and the likelihood of easter goodies around you are prepared!
So here's my top tips to help this Easter be stress free and enjoy your weekend off.
nrichment From a stuffed kong to an empty egg box full of dog safe treats, this gives your dog an opportunity to be not only physically but also mentally stimulated. Enrichment can offer an alternative outlet to frustration and also keeps your dog busy as guests enter. Remember enrichment should not be used as an alternative to training/behavioural therapy but an added extra to act as a management strategy.
ssess It's important to remember that all dogs have their limits, assess how comfortable your dog feels with visitors, at a safe distance, and make sure you are mindful of how your dog's feeling. It may mean assessing the environment and ensuring your dog has a safe area.
afety Safety is a number one priority. Keep chocolate out of reach and ensure if your dog is anxious of new people that visitors do not approach. It may mean staggering visitors, even going to their house instead.
ricks Trick training is a great way to keep boredom at bay. Especially if there are too many dog walkers outside, sometimes it's better to swap exercise and training from outside to inside. Let's not forget that mental stimulation can help tire a dog too.
ngage I love practicing different focus games with my dog. One of my favourite is the engage and disengage game.
est Remember all these new changes can be tiring for your dog and if you are doing training inside make sure to have lots of breaks.