Taking care of a single dog can be quite overwhelming at times, let alone living with multiple pets. While the phrase “the more, the merrier” does apply when it comes to having pets, there are times that the situation becomes a handful. Whether your household is full of pets temporarily or permanently, the key is patience. Without it, you will be easily overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility in front of you and you won’t be able to take care of your pets properly.
Hee are 4 simple yet effective tips you can try if you have multiple dogs in your household:
Be the leader of their pack
Dogs see their owners as the leader of their pack, one that they love and respect, that’s why it’s important that your leadership is established. Make it known that you’re the one who holds all the resources – food, treats, toys and even attention. Rewarding one pet’s good behavior with quality time or treats will help influence others to behave more. Ignoring bad behavior like barking or peeing in the house lets them know that their leader disapproves of those behaviors.
Provide each pet with their own “comfort zone” in your house
As much as dogs love to play with each other, there are times that they want to play, rest or sleep comfortably alone. That’s why each dog must have their own space at home, ideally with the least distractions. Provide each with their own bowl of food and water, a good sleeping blanket and some toys. Having their own space encourages good mood, thus less fighting among the pets.
Keep them busy
When you have plenty of dogs with a lot of energy and nothing to do, that’s when trouble starts. Provide them with activities to do, games to play or spend quality time with them as much as you can. This not only kills their boredom but also stimulates them mentally and physically! Best of all, it allows them to work together as a team!
Spend time with each of your dogs
Let each of your pooches know that you love them all equally. Never show that you favor one more than the other as this may start some trouble. Spend time and give attention to each as much as you can – this will assure them that they are all part of a family.
To create and achieve a more peaceful household full of dogs, try these tips and tricks!