What Does Your Dog Need to be Happy?

Despite my best efforts to keep spirits up during Penny’s recovery there’s been a noticeable drop in morale. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

And it’s not just because of my bad jokes

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

Eko and Penny are getting as much time outside as I can manage, but back in the apartment there’s significantly more moping, pacing and zooming than usual

No matter how long I’ve made our walks or outings in the past couple weeks, there is a general sense of listlessness from both dogs. It’s not fun but luckily it is temporary. What this experience has really reinforced for me is that in order for Eko and Penny to be truly happy they need the freedom to run wild.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

The pups have enjoyed the games and puzzles and walks and visits of the past two weeks, but there is no substitute for cutting loose

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

No matter the weather, how happy Eko and Penny are is directly related to how much time they’ve had to run

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

Off-leash time is not just about romping, it’s also about socialization and making new friends

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

Unstructured playtime where the pups can enjoy themselves is a critical component to their happiness

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

And it’s not a puppy-thing. Penny has more energy, but Eko loves nothing more than tearing up and down the shore

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, adventure, beach

Despite all that freedom, Penny often chooses to do what she can do at home anytime – bug Eko!

It hasn’t been the most fun two weeks, but what’s most important is that Penny is just about fully recovered. This has also been a good opportunity to get a better idea of just how important our trips to the beach are – for both Eko and Penny’s happiness and my own.

All dogs are not the same though, so I’m interested to hear from you guys. Do your pets have a particular “need” in order to be happy?

32 Comments

If Forrest and Doc don’t get play time either playing fetch or big walks i get the stare down..nothing sadder than a pair of pensioner pups keen to roll and then seeing rain..the look of disappointment breaks your heart 🙂

1 2 3 4

Add a Response

Your name, email address, and comment are required. We will not publish your email.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The following HTML tags can be used in the comment field: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

%d bloggers like this: