Dogs are very sociable animals. When owners go out and (1) ____________
their dogs alone, the dogs get worried and agitated. Dogs should be trained to be on their own while still (2) _____________
instead of when they are older and set in their ways. When owners are not around, they should provide some chewable (3) ____________
for their dogs to play with. Leaving the radio or television turned (4) _____________
might also provide soothing background noise and help reduce their anxiety.
Howling is a form of communication. Dogs do it to tell one (5) ___________
where they are. Some dogs howl when they are lonely, while others do it when greeting strangers whom they are seeing for the (6) _________
time. Some even howl to music and do this (7) _____________
it is fun.
When it comes to training dogs, giving rewards is a far better way then using (8) _____________
. Food makes an excellent reward, and if they do not respond to this, owners should try touching them. A simple pat (9) ____________
stroke is all that is needed. Words of praise work well too, (10) _______________
not as well as food or touch. It helps if owners spend more time with their dogs.Adapted from "Do I Bark Too Much?", Reader's Digest