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our tips on how to boost your dog's mood



10 signs your dog is HAPPY!

Do you know if your dog is happy? Here are the signs, plus tips on how to boost their happiness rating!

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    We all want our dogs to be happy, and do our best to ensure they have a happy, healthy life. But what are the signs your dog is happy and, if you think their happiness levels need a little boost, what can you do? We take a look at 10 signs your dog is happy, and share some simple tips to improve their mood.

    1. She eats well
    Much like humans, a happy, healthy dog tends to have a healthy, consistent appetite. "A drop in appetite is a definite sign something is up with your dog," says Jenn Bennett, dog training manager at Hanrob Dog Training Academy who, with more than 10 years experience working as an educator, is fluent when it comes to speaking canine. "You should also be alert if your dog experiences a sudden increase in appetite, as this can also indicate disease," she adds.

    2. She's happy socialising
    "Happy dogs will enjoy socialising - both with humans and other dogs," says Jenn. If they're happy and confident, they will enjoy walk time, playtime and engaging with other dogs. At Hanrob Dog Training Academy we work with a lot of dogs who may be shy around other dogs, and it's incredible to see the impact this skill can have the dog's overall happiness - not to mention its owner's!"

    3. She doesn't dig up the garden (or any other destructive behaviour)
    According to Jenn, happy dogs are unlikely to destroy your home. "Excessive chewing and other unwanted behaviour can be a sign of stress and boredom," she explains. "If your dog isn't getting enough stimulation or interaction with other humans and dogs, or if they are suffering from separation anxiety, then your home may suffer. This is one of the reasons doggy daycare is becoming increasingly popular. You can also easily add mental stimulation to your dog's day with some simple enrichment tools."

    4. She's excited when you get home
    "You know your dog is happy when they're excited to see you," says Jenn. "A happy dog will be excited to see you even when you've only been outside for a moment!"

    5. She has 'puppy-dog' eyes
    "While narrowed eyes may suggest aggression and wide eyes fear, relaxed eyes and eyelids, with a soft gaze indicates a happy dog," says Jenn.

    6. Her ears, body and mouth are relaxed
    Just like a human, if you're unhappy, you're ususally tense. "If a dog is tense or stiff in their body, it usually indicates they are uncomfortable in some way," says Jenn. "A loose body with an open, relaxed mouth and loose floppy ears generally suggests a happy, healthy dog."

    7. She uses her whole body when she wags her tail
    "When a dog is checking out a new environment, or on high alert, they will wag their tail, but in this situation it's usually stiff and the body won't move," says Jenn. "When your dog uses their whole body to wag their tail, then you know they're telling you they're happy and relaxed."

    8. You're jealous of her hair
    "Happy, healthy dogs tend to have a shiny coat," says Jenn. "On the other hand, if your dog is stressed, they may shed their fur excessively."

    9. She's a good sleeper (and sometimes sticks her tongue out!)
    "Happy dogs sleep heaps," says Jenn. "They will sleep for around 16 hours a day. If your dog isn't sleeping that much or is finding it hard to sleep, they could be distressed. A happy dog will also tend to let his tongue roll out of the mouth during a good sleep - a sure sign your dog is truly relaxed and happy!"

    10. She has a high pitched bark  
    According to Jenn, you can tell a lot about your dog's state of mind by their bark. "If the bark is short lived and high pitched it tends to indicate a happy dog," she says. "If your dog is agitated, the barking would tend to be longer, and lower. Of course, you need to weigh this up with all the other signals your dog is giving you, rather than judging the bark alone!"


    10 signs your dog is happy

     If you want to boost the mood of your dog, Jenn suggests taking the following steps.

    1. Commit to ongoing dog training

    "At Hanrob Dog Training Academy we believe that a well trained dog is a happier dog," says Jenn. "It makes perfect sense that a well trained dog has fewer restrictions imposed on him, and enjoys interacting with more people and other dogs than a dog who isn't trained and can't be allowed to socialise.

    "New dog owners need to realise their commitment to the ongoing training of their dog and, after puppy school, invest in ongoing obedience classes, to reinforce good behaviour and provide mental stimulation to the dog," she adds. "Many dog owners have good intentions, but lack the dog handling experience to enforce good training. In this scenario, regular training also gives the dog owner confidence in what they're doing."

    2. Provide enrichment

    "Enrichment provides mental stimulation to a dog and guards against boredom and destructive behaviours," explains Jenn. "It's more than simply taking them for a walk each day - it's about giving them something new to discover or play with."

    An easy way to enrich your dog's environment is to give them different toys to play with each day, reintroducing them five days later and offering others in between. "By using different shapes, textures and colours you can ensure your dog is engaged and that they don't lose interest in their toys after just a few days."

    3. Enrol them in daycare

    According to Jenn, some dogs simply don't like being alone, which many are during the working week. "Research shows dogs can spend up to half an hour howling after we leave the house and up to several hours pacing up and down," she says. "This is exactly why daycare has become popular - we work longer hours, so it makes sense to offer our dogs some form of socialisation when we're out of the house, rather than leave them to fend for themselves."

    Jenn recommends looking for a daycare that is not only convenient, but which has outdoor, grassy play areas for your dog to enjoy each day, and which matches dogs according to their breed, size and temperment. "Just like Hanrob Doggy Daycare Centres, most daycare centres should asses your dog's behaviour on the first day, before allowing them to interact with the other daycare dogs."

    To find out more about dog training or doggy daycare at Hanrob, click the links below or call 1300 426762 to speak to an expert pet consultant about your requirements.