Dogs are valuable members of our human family. They offer love, protection, and company. As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s behavior and their health. Enjoy learning more about living with your dog and ensuring that they have a happy and healthy life.
Just like people, dogs need healthy food, water, safety, and health care. They need protection from dangerous weather and harmful situations. Veterinarians, doggie doctors, can help us make sure that our dogs stay healthy.
Dogs communicate with their bodies.They can tell us if they are anxious, happy, angry, fearful, or just curious. Ears, legs, and tilt of the head will change as a dog has different emotions. Check out the graphic below from The Animal Foundation.
Teaching your dog to bark on command takes practice, but it’s fun for you and your dog.Start by getting your dog very excited by tossing a ball or talking in a high-pitched tone of voice.Wave a treat by your dog’s nose and say “Speak.” Don’t give the dog the treat until they bark. Continue to keep them in an excited state and reward them with treats and praise every time they bark.Be consistent with your commands. Also, practice every day. They will get the hang of this new trick in no time!
Treat your dog to something healthy by baking these dog treats for them. Give them the treats in moderation, because just like people, too many treats aren’t great for their health. Be sure to follow the instructions in order to prevent your dog treats from being tough.
Compiled by Esther Coco Boe, Central Region 4-H Coordinator, Louisiana 4-H
contains a doggie crossword puzzle, doggie language from
The Animal Foundation, and it's printable.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture