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We are know-how great dogs are and how loyal they are. They do not hold grudges and are always happy to see you. They love spending quality time on quality walks with you as well as wanting to play games such as fetch
However, we all know that taking good care of your dog can be a lot of work
As a good dog owner, it is important that we make sure they get the right food, they get both physical and mental exercise, their coat is well maintained and kept clean as well as ensuring their ears and eyes are cleaned, claws trimmed etc. It is a lot to think about and keep track of.
Regular Vet Checkups are important to keep your dog healthy
It is important to see the vet at least once a year for the dog’s annual booster and checkup. However, if you have an older dog you may want to increase the vet visits to every 6 months so any illness can be caught early
When visiting the vet, especially with either a puppy or an older dog you can also discuss the dogs’ diet to ensure they are the ideal weight and not getting fat, their dit provides the nutrients they need a =s a puppy for growth or is a lower fay and protein diet for the older dog
Obviously, is important to monitor your dogs’ heath in-between visits and if anything dramatically changes or they are under weather, being sick, have diarrhoea then it is probably worth talking to your vet sooner rather than later
Spend time with your dog
Your four-legged friend loves you to the end of the world and back and ideally wants to be with you 24 hours a day
It is, therefore, important that you spend quality time with your dog so that they know you love and care for them, As a result, you will numerous benefits.
It is proven that people that spend time with dogs are generally less stressed, have higher oxytocin levels, and are less at risk of high blood pressure and heart problems
Healthy Treats that provide Nutrition
When feeding your dog it is important to make sure that all necessary nutrients are provided just like humans. This allows the dog to have enough energy, build muscles and to also regenerate body tissues.
However, you may need to consult your vet about the best diet especially if your dog has food allergies
As well as allergies when feeding a dog a healthy diet you also need to take into account other factors such as the size of the dog, the breed of the dog and age etc. After all, a small dachshund that is a couch potato needs far less food than an active collie that spends several hours playing ball, doing brain games and generally being active
It is important to do your research with treats and chews as many are bad for your dogs’ overall health and should be avoided especially rawhide
So before giving your dog a treat do some research. I always recommend Nature Menu treats
Exercise Your Dog
It is important to remember that dogs need both mental and physical exercise to stay healthy and happy
A well balanced physical and mental exercise program will also help stop some behaviour issues because they have pent up energy and are also bored
The great thing about exercising your dog is that you will also get exercise
Even in bad weather when it is hard to get out and about then purchasing interactive tools and playing games such as scatter feed and hide and seek will still help exercise your dog and keep them busy
Ensure Clean, Safe, and Warm Bedding
After all, as humans we do not like to lie in dirty bedding, well this is the same with dogs
Make sure you wash your dogs’ bedding on a regular basis, ideally once a week. This will remove dirt, bacteria along with any flea eggs
Sleeping in clean bedding will ensure fewer skin infections and irritations.
Keep your dog’s bed clean, warm, and safe from dirt, so the dog can rest comfortably!
Socialize Your Dog
Dogs aren’t supposed to be lonely! Every living creature establishes some form of a community.
You should socialize your pet frequently and take him to the park where he can meet other dogs and play with them!
You’ll also teach your dog proper reactions to the stimuli in the environment and help treat excessive fear and aggression.
We hope this has been an informative and educational read. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comment section below!
And as always, remember to stay tuned to our blog, as we discuss the best for you and your pup, as an everlasting duo! You may also like to consider looking at Good Guardianship for your dog