2 Dog Breeds That Handle Change Pretty Well (& One That Really Needs a Schedule)
Some dogs come from a long line of adaptable canines. They are races that go with the flow and are pretty good at handling change. Then there are the routine dogs – the dogs that definitely need schedules and consistency. These breeds are often energetic working dogs with herd instincts. A hard day is good for you! Boredom often leads them to ruin. Separation anxiety is also not uncommon. In general, all dogs with some structure thrive in daily life. We picked two that can bend over with change – and one that thrives on a schedule.
Routines help build trust between you and your dog. So the sooner you create a schedule, the better. Uniform eating, playing and sleeping times give pets a sense of security. It also makes them less likely to develop destructive behaviors due to separation anxiety or boredom. House training and classroom instructions should be incorporated into your dog’s schedule, and training sessions in 15-minute increments usually work best.
Again, puppies should be introduced to the schedules immediately. Keep in mind that as small puppies, they need much more sleep and less strenuous exercise than adult dogs.
Sometimes it is necessary to readjust your dog’s schedule after a traumatic event. While the two breeds listed below are incredibly adaptable and good at handling change, no dog is completely immune to trauma. Natural disasters, dog fights, or the arrival of a new family member would upset the balance. Dogs are no different!
In these cases, you should reconsider the training practices that have been used in the past. Try to stick to your dog’s old schedule as much as possible (this may include help from people your dog knows well for walks or playtime). Be careful with your dog during this time; Emotional stress can manifest itself in behavioral problems.
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Two breeds of dogs that are good at handling change
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Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: <28 pounds
Temperament: Affectionate, balanced
Release factor: Minimal
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Frenchies are ideal city pets. They don’t bark much at all and can be couch potatoes or social butterflies depending on the situation. They are quick to learn commands and love to please their people. The affectionate and well-balanced French love their families and love to play, but are always ready to curl up for a nap. Grooming is a breeze (weekly brushing is enough), and food-based rewards work best during workouts.
Height: 8-12 inches
Weight: 9-11 pounds
Temperament: Smart, social
Release factor: Hypoallergenic
Life expectancy: 14-16 years
Havanese are compact balls of joy. They love meeting new people and are always up for fun and games with other pets, dogs and children. Even though they exercise well (hi, smartass) they don’t need constant mental stimulation. Havanese puppies are just as satisfied with the way they run around performing tricks they’ve learned as they lounge around, depending on what the day calls for. Even more impressive? Your hypoallergenic coats can be cut short, groomed to length or laced. In all fairness, the only people who don’t get along with a Havanese are those who want to run sprints or marathons with their dogs; Havanese are not really suited to such extreme exercises.
A breed that really needs a schedule
Height: 18-23 inches
Weight: 40-65 pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, athletic
Release factor: Seasonal
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
The American Kennel Club calls Australian Shepherds “smart, tireless and trainable”. These dogs, like Australian Cattle Dogs, have a lot of energy to drive away and always need a job. They are not recommended for novice dog enthusiasts simply because they take a lot of time and dedication to training and keeping them busy. It doesn’t matter if you are tricked, Aussies don’t give in until you play their game or place their bid. Although they get along well with children, they don’t always like other dogs.
Remember, every dog is an individual. What one Aussie does can be dramatically different from another Aussie, whether or not they have different experiences. Be aware of your dog’s reactions to routines and work with your veterinarian to make sure you are giving your puppy proper structure.
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