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Why Isn’t My Dog Happy?

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I am 100% a dog person. They’re beautiful, and full of joy and ask for nothing in return. They love us regardless of imperfections, and sometimes that teaches us to love ourselves too! We usually want to do everything we can to make our pets just as happy as they make us. So sometimes you might be asking yourself ” Why isn’t my dog happy? ”

You may be working too much, or they may just need a friend. Whatever the problem is, we’ll get to the bottom of it together!

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Why Isn’t My Dog Happy?

Stuck Inside

Dogs can depressed too! They can get depressed for an entire array of reasons. The most common reason is being locked inside. Whether you’re at work, or just too busy to get out, it’s not fair to your dog. Of course you can’t be home all the time, but hours on end every single day is no life for them.

Dogs should never be confined to four walls their entire life, they should go out at least three times a day for walks. Give it some variety, don’t just walk around the block every day. Go for a long adventure in the park, or find a public field they can run through. Dogs want to stretch their legs, play, and chase after things. Getting wet and muddy is just part of being a dog! Not locking in the living room for nine hours until you come home.

Itches and Scratches

With summer coming up, it’s time to talk about fleas. Most dogs will deal with fleas at some point in their life. It’s not life threatening, but can be awful to watch your dog go through. They’re often in a lot of pain that isn’t easily relieved.

Fleas go from few to hundreds in a matter of days. They bite and nibble your pets and feed of their blood, which causes your dog to scratch a lot. Then you end up with missing patches of fur and raw spots that get sore and may need cream.

If you think your pet has fleas, you need to get some Advecta 3 and treat it as soon as possible. You will see a large improvement in your dogs mood once these pest are (literally) out of his hair!

No affection

Dogs will give you all of their love, and expect nothing in return. Even so, lack of love damages your dog in multiple ways. If you don’t cuddle and play with your pup when they’re young, they will think it’s normal. Then when someone meets them and tries to pet them, they could get aggressive because they’re scared and perceive the affection as potential harm.

This is why it’s super important to handle them as much as possible while they’re babies. They’ve got to feel reassured, just like we do! They need comfort when they’re scared, and subconscious touches throughout the day. Plus, cuddling your pet does wonders for your own mindset. Why do you think there are therapy animals?


Verbal and Physical Abuse

I don’t even want to write this section because it angers me so much. If you’re one of these people, I doubt you’re even asking ‘Why isn’t my dog happy’. Still, some people may not know that what they’re doing is abusive.

Obviously there are going to be times where you may get frustrated with your pet because they tore up the trash, or they aren’t listening. But you need to stay calm, and be patient.

Say no, and have a stern voice so that they recognize they are wrong. Don’t keep yelling about it though, and never raise your hand to them. There’s literally no need for it. Dogs are super intelligent, and will quickly pick up what your angry face looks like. They’ll also learn to read your body language, so you’ll never have to overcompensate in that department.

When you lash out at your pet, they never forget. This can change your relationship quickly, because they lose trust and security in you.

So yes, these are the things you need to look out for to make sure you are looking after your dog the way they deserve.

Is your dog happy? What do you do to keep them that way? Let me know in the comments below!

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