You don’t have to spend much time in your local pet store to discover that pampering pets is a multi-billion dollar business. When I was young, we pampered our dog by getting him the occasional meaty bone from the butcher. Nowadays, dogs receive expensive gourmet foods of almost every description, incredibly comfortable bedding, and leashes that are precision-designed to provide as little discomfort as possible.
Pets are often seen as substitutes for children, and they can certainly receive the same degree of attention. Is this a good thing for the dog? What about their human friend(s)?
Dogs Don’t Understand This Extra Attention
You may think that taking Duke to the doggie spa is a way of showing just how much you love him, but dogs don’t understand, or often even appreciate, this extra attention. They much prefer just to be treated like a normal, everyday dog. That’s what they understand and look forward to, so save your money and go to a human spa without Duke.
Spoiling is Bad for Discipline
You can’t spoil a dog and also expect it to be behave the way you want it to. Dogs that do not receive the proper degree of discipline can become ill-tempered and won’t appreciate (or even understand) when you want them to do things.
Dogs Need Socialization
If you prefer to keep your dog away from all of the “canine riffraff” in the neighborhood, don’t be surprised if it becomes unruly from all of the isolation. A dog that lashes out, jumps on people, and hops over/through barriers meant to protect it is likely acting in fear. Letting it get out and learn that there is little or nothing to be afraid of will lead to a happier, more even-tempered dog.
Dogs Need Exercise
Don’t think that your lounging dog is tired because se is getting too much exercise. It’s more likely she is bored from sitting around the house. That can lead to health issues and destructive behavior when the dogs decides to vent that pent-up energy by trashing your home.