Dogs see the world in a different way compared to humans. They tend to adjust their behavior according to the environment they are put-in. Dog’s surroundings play an important part in their mental and physical well-being.
Any changes in their surroundings may cause unexpected behavior changes. These reactions depend on various triggers such as a dog’s inherited behavior pattern, level of temperament, the way they socializes, the kind of relationship they shares with those in their surroundings.
Some of the points we should keep in mind while considering dog’s surroundings are further discussed.
Space is one critical element, while having a dog. It determines the comfort levels of your fur baby. Dogs need space to play, explore, run and just enjoy being their natural self. It brings genuine happiness to them.
Lack of space can cause various medical issues. It might lead to a series of problems where the dogs may suffer from conditions like lack of appetite, lack of energy, fluid in the chest among many. This can turn into a nightmare for their owners. Besides, such medical issues will eventually lead to frequent visits to a vet, adding to the up-keeping costs. That is why, having a proper space for your pooch is very important and shouldn’t be underestimated.
In several situations, we label the dog’s behavior as bad or misbehaving without understanding the actual stimulus that triggered such response. Dogs never respond without a reason. Having an understanding of these reasons is crucial for the master. It helps the owner to alter the training pattern to suit the need of the hour.
Each dog is different and reacts differently in a situation. For example, dogs behave differently to the intensity of noise. At times, the noise of a lot of bursting crackers may not disturb them but conversely a single horn of a car may lead to a serious reaction. Living in areas with high level of activities around such as construction work, airport, hospital in surroundings can affect dogs acutely. Thus the need to consider the types of breeds suitable for adapting to these kinds of surroundings.
Another concern is the safety and accommodation of the dog. A constant change in the weather requires adequate shelter facilities and appropriate measures for safety. Safety, not just of your pet, but also of those around you is necessary. As a part of precautionary measure, it is recommended putting fences around the house to avoid letting the pet out without your notice. Now a days, you can even have GPS enabled tracking tags that provides exact location of your pet, directly on your smartphone. Enabled with features like Geo-fence or virtual-fence, provides an instant notification when your pet leaves a defined safe area.
In the end, I’d just say that a successful relationship is based on mutual trust and friendship. Don’t simply judge your dog based on their reaction, instead put an effort to understand the cause that lead to their reaction.
Observe. Understand. Act. Repeat.