Active PONS are Happy and Healthy PONS
(Managing your PONS down time)
Active PONS are healthy and happy PONS.
There are countless ways in which owners can influence their
PONS overall physical and mental health.
There is one area which even
many of the most well meaning owners, breeders, trainers, etc.
overlook - the state of their PONS emotional health. Providing
for this is just as important as their physical well being.
What can owners do to make sure their PON is emotionally
healthy before they reach a critical stage? Many solutions are
available to combat boredom in dogs.
Boredom is one thing, many PONS
face on a daily basis. Not only is this very bad for the dog,
but it is usually preventable. Many of the most common problems
or anti-social behaviors occur as the result of boredom and
separation anxiety.There are many other responsibilities we
share in other areas - family, career, etc.- which take up a
great deal of our time and otherwise cut down on the amount of
time spent with our PONS. It is for this reason that it is so
important to plan things to keep our PONS alert and stimulated
mentally to cut down on problems which arise, most notably, from
Excessive barking, fence running, digging,coprophagia,etc.
are some examples that may initially begin as acting out
behaviors to overcome boredom. Many of these issues could be
solved with just a bit of forethought. If your living area is
already constructed, then there are many other ways you can
provide for your PONS emotional health by overcoming or avoiding
this problem. If you are creative then you can create many
The first thing to consider is:
where exactly your PON spends most of its time. Owners can
provide dog toys as an approach to relieving boredom.
The introduction of fruits or vegetable slices, such as carrots
or apple slices, are additional items your PON doesn’t often
receive on a regular basis and also are good and safe
supplements if your PON happens to eat them.
Dog toys provide stimulation and fun and they are
the easiest place in which to start. Once owners
have made sure they are size appropriate there are a
vast range of kinds and types from which to choose.
Large marrow bones, kongs, hard rubber balls(larger
than your PON can swallow), and stuffed animals are
supervision of these dog toys is necessary,
especially in the initial stages.
Offering a different dog toy
each day or week on a rotating basis is one idea to prevent your
PON from becoming bored with the first introduced object and to
relieve actual boredom. Moving the location of water and food
dishes are another idea.
If the PONS area will allow,
hanging toys are a lot of fun ! If suspended by a spring, they
will snap back when the PON turns it loose. If you use a rope to
suspend a toy make sure it is single strand. NEVER suspend it
low enough that an accident may occur. Remember that you will
need to check these additions frequently for signs of wear or
Whenever you allow your PONS out ,
and you have some empty available space (large size is not
required) in your fenced yard, there are a lot of things you
may add there as well to appease your PON and reduce boredom.
Obstacle courses can be set up in a minimum of space and with
little or no monetary output. Being creative does help though it
is not a necessity.
Tires partially buried, upright
so that your PON may pass through them, are quite effective and
fun once you teach your PON how to successfully navigate them.
Even the larger wooden slides, ramps,etc. are very effective in
working with your PONS.
Overall, the only limiting
factor in overcoming boredom in PONS is you! Thinking
creatively can easily modify your PONS environment so that it is
safe, interesting and fun. Freedom from boredom is not only
essential for you but for your PONS as well. Mental stimulation
is vital for the health and happiness of PONS who are extremely