Canine Coffee Break

Canine Coffee Break

You and your dog both need coffee breaks

 

Just as you require down time during the day so does your canine partner.  This is important for your dog too.  Alzheimer's dogs, just like yourself, must submit themselves to the stress that dementia causes in the environment.  Neither of you can get away from it unless you take a meaningful coffee break.  You can grab your coffee cup and go into a sheltered area of the house by yourself.  Your dog can escape out the dog door that leads to its own sheltered area, free of dementia where it can just be a dog.  I always recommend that you need to be sure you have a fully enclosed, canine friendly area that is adjacent to the house with its own dog door usually installed in the people door.  When you have this for your dog, it can let itself outside to let out energy, go to the bathroom, and just have some free down time away from its responsibilities and the overall stress of dementia.  How wonderful that if you are in the middle of a chore you do not have to stop and let your dog outside, instead, the dog can let itself out.  No hazzels.  However, it does mean that you will have to make sure, on a daily basis, that this area is free of any harmful debris and that you are religiously picking up fecal material.  Your dog thanks you.

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