Getting a new dog is exciting, regardless of whether that dog is a puppy or an adult. You dive into the new adventure headfirst. Believing that everything will fall into place, your new dog or puppy will be the best-behaved dog in the neighbourhood. How could they not be? Even if she's only been with you for mere hours or days, you fall in love with your canine companions pretty much the moment you decide that they are coming home with you.
At the start of your life together, the world is your oyster. You spend a few weeks training your new canine friend and then decide you've had enough of training. However, owning a dog is not that simple. Your new dog needs mental stimulation as well as physical exercise.
The trouble is that most dog owners concentrate on the physical exercise aspect; they love taking their dog for a walk. Completely understandable too, after all, most of us get a dog because we want to be able to take long relaxing walks together with our best friend.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
The problems start when we forget that our dog's need mental stimulation as well as going out every day. For a while, everything is peachy, and things go well. Then things change.
You come home to find that your dog has chewed the kitchen chair leg, the mail shredded, scratch marks are appearing on your front door. Your dog seems to have more energy than you expected. She is now constantly asking for attention; barking when you try and ignore her, destroying your possessions when you go out.
In a desperate attempt to tire her out, you start throwing a ball on the walk. But she stills demands your attention, every minute of the day. Your walks get longer and longer, but rather than your dog being exhausted by all this exercise, she gets more and more destructive and demandi