What Is Sad Dog?
Sad Dog is a term used to describe dogs that are not happy or content with their current situation. Dogs may appear sad, but they really aren’t. They just have been through some trauma and it’s taking its toll on them. Some dogs are simply unhappy because they’ve had bad experiences in the past and don’t like being around other dogs anymore. Other dogs may seem sad due to a medical condition such as cancer or heart disease.
The first thing you need to understand is that there isn’t one “right” way to cheer up a dog. You could try talking to him, petting him, giving him treats, playing games with him or even going out and doing something fun together. If none of these things work then you might want to consider getting professional help from a trainer or behaviorist.
How To Cheer Up A Miserable Puppy
1) Play Games With Him: Playing games with your dog will make him feel better.
When you play games with him, he’ll associate good things (like food or water) with those activities. He’ll also learn that you’re interested in his well-being and won’t abandon him if he gets into trouble. Two of the best games for dogs are fetch and tug-of-war.
You can also teach him how to do tricks, which can make him happy if done right after he does them.
2) Take Him On Walks: Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to exercise your dog and it gets him out of the house so he isn’t just sitting around bored all day.
Try to vary the routes you take and make sure you’re paying attention to your dog when you’re walking him. If you notice that he’s not enjoying himself, then try a new route next time. If you see other people or dogs in the distance, pick up the pace a little bit until you’re past the other dogs and then slow it back down.
3) Give Him New Things To Chew On: If your dog is bored and has nothing else to do, he may decide to start chewing on your shoes or even your furniture.
Buying him a few sturdy dog toys will prevent this from happening and it will also provide him with something else to do. Make sure you get him toys that are right for his age and chewing strength. You can find this information printed on the packaging or you can ask a store associate.
Remember to buy him new toys every once in awhile so he doesn’t get bored of the same ones.
4) Let Him Inside Your Bedroom: A lot of dogs don’t like sleeping or staying in the basement or garage.
If this is the case with your dog, let him sleep inside your bedroom at night. As long as he isn’t barking or whining excessively, let him sleep inside your room. Dogs are den animals by nature and they feel safer sleeping in an area that’s confined and close to you.
5) Take Him To The Dog Park: Taking your dog to the dog park can increase his happiness, but it isn’t for every dog and it isn’t without risk.
You need to pay very close attention to your dog at all times. If you see that he’s not having a good time or if you see other dogs behaving aggressively, it’s time to leave. Don’t just think that because no one has gotten into a fight yet, that it won’t happen.
Dogs have been known to fight days after an incident at the park without even seeing each other.
6) Buy Him Toys: Most dogs like to play with toys.
You can buy most dogs toys at any pet store and they usually aren’t too expensive. You can also make toys for your dog if you feel inclined. Just be sure that the toys are sturdy and can’t be torn up easily or eaten.
You’ll also want to make sure that the toys are non-toxic because if your dog decides to eat a toy, you certainly don’t want it to be toxic. Common household items like nylon pantyhose make great dog toys. You can also buy ropes, chew toys and stuffed animals at pet stores.
7) Take Him For Car Rides: Some dogs love car rides and some wouldn’t mind if they never went on one again.
If your dog enjoys car rides, you’re very lucky! You can take him places and he’ll have fun. if your dog doesn’t like car rides and you force him to go on one, there is a chance that he may relieve himself inside your vehicle as a way of saying “This isn’t my idea of fun”.
If you absolutely must go on a car ride and you know your dog doesn’t like them, prepare him by feeding him a large meal right before you leave and have a blanket or towel handy to clean up any mess that might occur.
8) Buy A Dog Bed: Most dogs prefer to sleep on something rather than the floor and as a result, most dogs like dog beds.
You can pick these up at most pet stores and they come in all shapes and sizes.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- The hidden life of dogs (EM Thomas – 2010 – books.google.com)
- Dog Called Kitty (B Wallace – 1992 – books.google.com)
- The hundred and one dalmatians (D Smith – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Some of our best therapists are dogs (A Ferreira – 2002 – Macmillan)
- Dublin Pub Life and Lore–An Oral History of Dublin’s Traditional Irish Pubs: The Recollections of Dublin’s Publicans, Barmen and ‘Regulars’ (GP Mallon – Child and youth care forum, 1994 – Springer)