Bringing Out the "Work" in Your Dog's Breed

If you are looking for a new dog, knowing more about the the dog’s breed can help determine if that breed is a right fit for your family’s lifestyle.  Knowing what type of working dog you have is important to understanding your pet’s behavior.

Working dogs were originally bred to perform various jobs. Some examples are hunting, search and rescue, and bomb sniffing.  Click here for a list of  Working Dogs          

Owning a working dog is not for everyone.  Working dogs must have a “Pack Leader” that can provide consistent training, exercise and discipline. Lack of exercise and discipline can lead to boredom and destructive behavior.  

Challenge Your Dog to Learn a New Game

Working dogs are very smart and love a mental challenge. You can challenge your dog by hiding a treat  in a toy, such as a kong, and then hiding the toy somewhere in your yard or home.  Your dog will be challenged and need to rely on other senses to locate the kong.  

 Take Your Dog for a Long Walk

Daily Walks  are important to your dog’s health because walks stimulate your pet physically and mentally. Select different routes when walking your dog and this will keep your dog entertained while your dog discovers new smells, sights and sounds.Walks are also a great way to practice positive leash control and work on the following commands: heel, sit and stay.

Keep your Dog Busy with Something to Chew

Why do dogs chew? Dogs chew to engage their minds and calm themselves.  Chewing is natural and normal behavior for a dog. You should be proactive by giving your dog something acceptable to chew. Give your dog a safe chew toy or bone and make certain it is large enough that your dog cannot swallow it.

Agility Training

Agility training will help strengthen the bond between you and your dog and will put the dog’s natural instincts to work.  Your dog will benefit physically because agility training will help strengthen your companion’s muscles, keep your dog fit, and increase your companion’s endurance. Helping your dog through the agility course will reinforce basic obedience commands, improve your communication with your companion, and ultimately help to improve your dog’s behavior. Below you will find links that offer agility courses. Click here to learn more about how you can build your own Agility course.

Wonder Dogs

424D Kelly Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Up Front Dog Center

128 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road
Allentown, New Jersey 08501

Speed Doggie

713 W Commodore Blvd

 Disclaimer: “This content is strictly informational/opinion of the author and owner is not claiming to be an expert in this topic”. Consult your Veterinary Professional for all medical advice and treatment