- Open Tunnel: This unique puppy game is ever so much fun for the dog but truly teaches the dog much as well. Begin by using only one barrel to teach your puppy how to find his way through the barrel. Place yourself at the foot of the barrel so your puppy will be able to see you. Have a friend or family member pick up the little guy and place him in the barrel facing you. You should call to the puppy and coax him to come toward you which will teach the little pup coordination and agility as time goes on. As the puppy gets comfortable add more barrels which will advance the puppy’s skills further. Your little guy will quickly learn to fun through all the barrels to get to his master’s arms.
- Closed Tunnel: This game will start out the same as open tunnel. Use one barrel to being the teaching but instead of allowing your puppy to see you at the end of the tunnel or barrel, you will be holding up a sheet and prompt the pup to come towards the sheet. Each time the little guy reaches the sheet you will pull it down to reveal yourself. Continue this process until he finally learns to run through the tunnel quickly and juts right out the other end knocking the sheet down himself. The only real caution with this game is to be certain that from the startup you never allow the little puppy to get tangled up in the sheet since this will create fear for him and will hold back any advancement for the puppy.
- The “A-Frame” Game: This little game involves the use of two leashes that you will put onto the puppy. You will stand on one side of the pup holding a leash and a friend or family member will stand on the other side holding the other leash. Each will have a treat in hand and offer the treat to the pup by coaxing him to move up and down the A-frame you have formed with the two leashes after the treat. Be cautious though because the little guy will want to move quickly at first and try to climb up either side. You want him to move slowly and have him jump up in the middle to be safe.
Dogs Should Never Go Without Water
Just as in humans, in dogs water is essential for all digestive processes in the body, for absorption of nutrients, and as a source of moving foods from organs within the body to the outside of the body. Since water is so critical to the body’s functions, it is not possible for a dog to live without water for an extended period of time. Though they can go for long periods of time without food and still survive, going without water will, without a doubt, result in death.
The amount of water required by a dog is dependent upon the dog’s diet and his overall physical activity and exercise. If you notice your dog panting, then this action is the equivalent of a human that is sweating and it is time to give him a drink. In a dog’s diet, if there is consistent dry food, these types of foods will induce thirst since the dry foods only contain about 10% of moisture. Unlike with canned wet foods or actual home cooked foods that contain lots of water and moisture already, it is imperative you provide enough water to your dog if he is consistently eating dry dog food.
We all need water to survive and that includes our pets. So be certain that you are always providing sufficient clean water for your dog to drink being certain to change the water regularly. It is also important that you clean your dog’s water bowl each time you set out to fill it to rid it of any bacteria or germs.