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Exercise – To keep your dog's life balanced, 50% of their interactions need to be exercise.
Exercise is not the amount of time the dog is in the yard alone. It is the amount of time spent with human supervision and interaction, dog park, fetch, Frisbee, agility, and so forth. A dog's personality is set by the energy they are born with. Dog's have different energy levels – the following is several popular breeds and the amount of exercise they require per day based on their energy levels:
|Very High Energy||High Energy||Medium Energy||Low Energy|
|Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Jack Russell Terrier, Dalmatian, Miniature Pinscher, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd||German Shepard, Dachshund, Boxer, Poodle, Rottweiler, Schnauzer, Sheltie, Boston Terrier, Siberian Husky, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Maltese||Yorkshire Terri er, Chihuahua , Pomeranian, Cocker Spaniel, Pit Bull, Great Dane, Akita, Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise||Pug, Bulldog, Greyhound, Saint Bernard, Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Lhasa Apso|
Amount of Exercise Needed Per Day
|2 or more hours rigorous exercise||1 or more hours rigorous exercise||30 Minutes or more rigorous exercise||Less than 30 Minutes|
Discipline – 25% of dog's interactions should be training exercises.
Training communication with your dog in a way you and the dog both understand.
Obedience - should be incorporated into your daily activities. This is obedience training from our methods, without treats.
Most people give their dog obedience commands only as a way to control their dog when he is either about to do something wrong or already has. The dog soon figures out that if he can just avoid punishment by moving fast or adopting a pathetic look, he has it made.
You need to incorporate our obedience training to reinforce the commands on a daily basis.
Affection – The last 25% of interaction should be affection.
Most owners ignore their dogs when they are being good. This is understandable because it is much easier to ignore a dog sitting quietly by your side or a dog lying on his mat in a corner than a dog who is jumping on you or running madly through the house with a dishtowel in his mouth. Because of this, most dogs quickly figure out that doing "bad" behaviors is what gets them attention.
For a social animal like a dog, negative attention is better than no attention at all. Owners must train themselves to be "on the lookout" for their dogs good behavior. Remind yourself and your family members to give the dog praise and attention when he's being good. Then he will be less motivated to engage in bad behaviors to get attention.
The problem with many human/dog relationships is the dog gets affection, very little exercise and no discipline. These types of interactions lead to behavior problems.