Give Your Dog Chores!
You know who doesn’t like chores? Kids…
You know who would love to help with chores? Your dog!
I have learned over the years, having step children now; that kids really don’t like to help out unless there is something in it for them.
Offer your kids $100 to do a chore and see how fast it gets done, but ask them or tell them to do something and you’d think they were going to die.
I was probably similar as a child, but chores and helping out around the house was expected when I was a kid.
I never got paid for chores or got an allowance, I was always told that living in my parent’s house and having a room, bed, food and clothes was my allowance and payment.
I also got a real job when I was 13 and have pretty much been working ever since! I think both of those things gave me good ethics when it comes to working and how hard I work. I have always been a hard worker.
I believe chores are good for kids and teach them how to take care of themselves and responsibility, but this isn’t as much a kid blog as it is a dog blog.
Dogs Live for Chores
Actually, sometimes I think dogs live for anything and everything!!!!
This zealousness for life is just one of the many reasons I love dogs!
Dogs like interacting with us; and if we can teach them to do it respectfully and calmly while giving them a job we are all better off for it.
Have you ever seen a dog that looks forward to retirement or vacation?
All of the working dogs that I have ever met have never wanted to retire, some of them even mourn severely when their working days are over and they are no longer able to go to work.
It’s sad when working dogs retire.
Dogs Need Training to Be Good Companions
Dogs need training to be good companions. Dogs don’t speak our language, they don’t understand our rules, and if they are not given structure and training they would not raise themselves with the structure, obedience, or values that we would.
It is natural for dogs to steal food, pull on leash, and do things we consider naughty like dig.
Training is essential to teach our dogs what we want in a companion or a working dog.
Dogs Need Jobs to Be Happy
In my opinion, dogs need a job to be happy.
I think the reason that working dogs are so happy is because they feel like they have a place and a job. Working dogs feel needed and they have structure and a schedule. Dogs like having structure and a schedule.
Dogs know when it’s dinner time, dogs know when it’s time to get up in the morning, dogs know when it’s time for you to get home from work; they have a natural body clock. My dogs even know to sleep in on the weekend and who gets up to let them out during the week vs. the weekend.
Working Dogs Require Training
Dogs area trained to help us in all kinds of venues, but one thing remains the same; the jobs they do for us require training.
Training and Structure give dogs happiness and keep us happy as well; it is a win, win situation!
What You Can Teach Your Dog
My dogs retrieve, and I like asking them to pick things up for me. It keeps me from having to bend over and it gives them something to do and makes them feel needed.
Plus retrieving keeps them from stealing and chewing my things for more on that click this article Teaching Your Thief to Retrieve
My dogs like it soooo much in fact that they wander the house in the morning looking for things that the cats have knocked onto the floor at night. I got a quarter spit in my lap this morning! I am hoping for bigger bills some day!
Retrieving also leads to asking them to hand me the dirty laundry when I do it, and also handing me their toys that they have left out.
I can even get them to take their toys to their toy box and put them in there.
I Even Make them Stay
I even just make them “stay” on their bed or their “place” for more on place training and why click here for a half hour or more. This also helps my dog to listen to me and again makes him feel like he has a job.
Working dogs spend hours at a time in down/stays while their owners are working at their jobs, going to school, or even at home.
This also gives you great control in real life when you need a reliable stay command!
It Really Doesn’t Matter
It really doesn’t matter what you teach your dog, whether it be basic obedience, advanced obedience, tricks or games as long as your dog is getting trained and he feels like he has a job and a place in your life you will both be better off!