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Requirements For Creating a Balanced Dog

Updated: Jan 14


Everybody who owns a dog wants it to have the best life possible. When we speak of a balanced dog, we also refer to a happy dog. If dogs do not receive all of the following early in their life, starting at around 8-10 weeks old, they may be more likely to develop behavior issues as they age.

This information is from my experience of training dogs and consulting with people about their dogs. I take a holistic approach and evaluate not only the dog's behavior but also try to pinpoint why the dog has adopted a negative behavior as an adult, such as excessive barking, poor leash manners, jumping on people, etc. Use the following list as a guide to ensure your dog is well-balanced and happy.


  • Walking on loose leash 3-6 times a day for 10-20 minutes each

  • Running off leash or long lead 2-3 times a week

Mental Stimulation/Training:

  • 5-15 minutes duration 2-3 times a day of dog training

  • Stop when dog mentally checks out

  • Integrate mental stimulation/training into walk.


  • Doggie daycare or dog park 2-3 times a week

  • With people in different environments

Play Time:

  • 15-30 minutes a day with toys and owner

  • 15-30 minutes a day with Kong or similar without owner

Training Commands Practiced Daily:

  • Sit - Watch

  • Sit - Stay

  • Down - Stay

  • Come/Recall


  • Use affection as a life reward

  • Use affection only when dog is calm and relaxed

  • DO NOT use affection as a substitute for exercise or mental stimulation

Morning Routine:

  • Exercise (walk), food, and then affection or play…in that order.

  • Dogs do best on a structured routine and will adapt quickly.

PLUS...Create rules, boundaries, and limitations for the dog and enforce them.

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