Change is the number one reason that a good dog makes a mistake. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a small change to upset your dog, especially if he is a special needs dog.
Who is a special needs dog? A special needs dog is any dog that is medically diagnosed with a life long condition that requires extra care such as epilepsy or diabetes. A special needs dog can also be any dog that has particular personality quirks or fears such as separation anxiety.
Special needs dogs tend to be more anxious making them more fearful of change and therefore more likely to rebel against putting your home at risk. To protect your possessions from becoming chomping victims here is a simple way that you can out smart your dog. Simply think like your dog by really knowing him.
Know his fears and what really makes him tick. If trucks scare him and a new house is getting ready to go up across the street, you probably are going to have some extra truck traffic. Be prepared for a problem. Think ahead of how you can ease his stress to this new situation. When we had some construction going on around our house I lowered the blinds. I found that by eliminated the sense of sight it helped my dog’s stress. Be creative and understand his fear.
By being proactive to change you can prevent some behavior slips and save some of your shoes. This is an example of common sense dog care and the power of the dog owner. I will be discussing this along with caring for your special needs dog, with information based from my book of the same title at a FREE webinar tomorrow night hosted by the Danish Swedish Farm Dogs USA. The even begins at 6:30 PDT. To register click here.
You can learn more about easy, owner friendly dog care in “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.” So many dog owners are caring for their dogs by easy, common sense methods. My book, “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” shares such tips, along with inspirational stories of owners making it work. “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A PDF copy may be purchased here and is accessible to anyone with a computer. A percentage of the profits from “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” go to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine.
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