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The Dog's Point of View

By Luis Escobar of Bark Busters
Updated: 2009-01-21 8:06 PM 3152 Views    Category: Health and Behavior
 
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I had a call the other day from a woman who was concerned because her dog, a terrier mix, never wanted to spend any time outside. She has a nice big fenced backyard, but within five minutes of the dog's going outside he was barking and scratching at the door to come back inside. 
 
When trying to get to the cause of problems it helps to look at things from the dog's point of view. If we only provide the elements they know are necessary for survival in one place, either inside or out, that's where our dogs will want to be. If we give our dogs things to keep themselves entertained and occupied, provide shelter and sustenance both inside and out, we'll have a better chance of our dogs wanting to spend time both inside and out.
 
The food, water and shelter are all pretty self explanatory, but what about entertainment? That can be a little trickier as every dog is different. You might have to experiment with various things to find the right combination.
 
Some dogs like to dig. They might like digging pits with toys or bones buried in them. Some dogs like trying to catch things. A toy hanging from a tree with a bungee rope may be fun. A breeze will put the toy in motion and the bungee will simulate a tug-of-war type interaction.

Try scatter feeding. Take a handful of food and toss it in the yard. Dogs are natural foragers. In the wild they search for food. Let them use their noses to search for food. Most dogs love that. 

 

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Reprinted with permission of Pet Planet Magazine at http://www.petplanetmagazine.com/. Illustration by: Eric Althin, Copyrights 2009. All Rights Reserved.
 
 
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