We know how much you love your dog. We also know that no matter how much you love your dog, there may be times where you feel like you just need a break. Dogs can be very demanding and high maintenance, especially if we choose to spoil them. Just like parents needing a small break from their own beloved children, dog owners need a little rest too. This is necessary not only for your sanity, but for the happiness of your dog, too.
Being frustrated with your dog is very common amongst dog owners. Your dog might annoy you when he or she whimpers for attention, or starts chewing on things in the house because they are bored. Maybe your dog is frustrating you because they are digging holes out in the backyard or they go to the toilet in the house instead of outside and you’re left to clean up after them.
Taking a break from your dog is incredibly important because it prevents you from building up anger or irritation that can develop over time. Without taking a break, this pent-up anger can lead you to feel resentment towards your beloved pooch, which is the last thing you and your dog would want.
There are a number of ways that we can avoid feeling bitterness towards our dogs. Firstly, whenever a dog’s behaviour starts to become erratic or unreasonable, we need to avoid venting a natural human reaction, which would be yelling aggressively or intimidating our dog.
Rather than start fuming, try to count to ten. Give yourself a break for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Returning to a state of relaxation after building tension in your body is not only good for you, but is good for your dog. This will help your pooch return to a state of being tranquil, too.
Try to prevent your dog from behaving frustratingly or erratically by giving them the correct training to develop the right behaviours and skills. The worst behaved dogs are the ones that have not been given the right attention or teachings, and their actions can leave owners like yourself feeling incredibly annoyed.
Take your dog to training classes to help them learn necessary techniques to build good behaviours. Not only does taking your dog to training school help them to embody positive actions, it is also a wonderful opportunity for you to have a short break. Training school provides your dog with the chance to meet new dogs, play with other dog owners and be given the attention that they need, which you might not always be able to give.
It’s perfectly healthy to want to spend some time without your dog by your side. Just like humans, we need to have time alone from even our best friends and family. Like us, our dogs need to have some time away. This is especially imperative if you work remotely from home or are with your dog for large portions of the day.
Go for a walk on your own sometimes or introduce your dog to some new doggy pals at doggy day care. Your dog deserves it!