Tera’s Training Tip Of The Day: Routine In Care.
Providing a routine in care for your retriever can be beneficial. It will help your retriever live a healthier, happier, and obedient life. Dogs generally fear the unknown, they will approach changes in environment and situations with caution. Having a routine of normal care such as; a time to eat, a time to play, a time to work, and a time to sleep will provide your retriever with the security they need to relax. Your retriever will anticipate and look forward to these events throughout the day.
A routine provides clear guidelines for your retriever on how they are to behave during these times within their daily routine. Having clear guidelines and boundaries will help your retriever feel secure. If your retriever does not know when these basic needs such as eating or sleeping will be met then your retriever will naturally be in a constant state of alert. Having your dog in this state of alert is stressful for them, the stress can manifest in unwanted behaviors over time. Howling, barking, aggression, and diarrhea are just some of the signs your dog is under stress.
Providing a routine for your dog will help your retriever understand what is going to happen, when it is going to happen, and provide them with the standard in which they are to be a part of your life. When a routine is provided for your retriever changes in environment, new training lessons, and new situations are a less significant event in your retriever’s life. Your retriever will deal with stress and cope with these changes quicker and easier, making your retriever a more enjoyable companion and consistent competitor.