If you’re like me, you’ve wondered why dogs do certain things. For instance, why do puppies chew on everything? Why do dogs dig holes? And why do dogs lick people?
People who study and specialize in dog behavior have weighed in on these questions. Let’s look at chewing, digging and licking in the canine world:
Why do puppies chew on everything? It seems they do this out of curiosity and to entertain themselves. Many things go straight to the mouth when puppies encounter something. Think about it though, when you hand something to a baby, what is the first thing they do with it? They chew on it to explore what it is. Our baby canines follow a similar pattern.
The trouble is they don’t know how to distinguish their toys from the things they shouldn’t chew on, like shoes and furniture and electrical cords. To learn what you can do about your puppies’ behavior read more at www.dogbehaviors.org.
Dogs cannot seem to help themselves when it comes to digging holes. This leaves the lawn a mess with ankle-turning craters all over. This has frustrated many dog owners.
Some breeds are naturally drawn to digging while others just get bored. Dogs are social animals and if they are left alone for long periods without people or other dogs around they may turn to digging. Other dogs hunt for rodents or food. We’ve all seen a dog find a great spot in the lawn to dig a hole and bury a bone or other food for safekeeping.
Does your dog lick you? If so, you are loved by your pet according to the experts.
Your dog could be licking for attention or to get something they want. Licking becomes their substitute for speaking in many cases. The licking nature of dogs is really quite normal and expected.
I found an interesting source of suggestions and answers to these and other curious questions at the website www.perfectpuppycare.com.
Here at Hubbard Life, we specialize in canine nutrition.
Did you know puppies' nutrient requirements their first year of life are twice that of adult dogs? They need a higher level of protein to develop strong muscular systems. Since puppies are so active, they require more energy, especially during this rapid stage of growth.
Generally, puppies will start consuming dry or moistened puppy food at three to four weeks of age. They should be allowed to consume all they want until weaning, usually at six to eight weeks of age.
Feed puppies up to six months of age all the dry or moistened food they will consume three times daily. Puppies may be fed moistened or dry food twice daily from six to twelve months. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Take care not to feed larger breed dogs a puppy feed past about six months to help keep leg and structure problems to a minimum.
For more tips about feeding your pets, see the Tips & Tools section at www.hubbardlife.com.
Posted on 10/19/2011 by Amy Brown | Category: Dog
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