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by Dianna Ranere

Tips to Keep Your Pet Dog Happy & Healthy

Dogs are loyal and always there when you need them. They are always eager to please – unless you have a dog with an attitude – and will jump through hoops for your pleasure. They deserve all your love, and the best way you can show it is by keeping them happy and healthy.

Here are eight tips to keep your dog happy and healthy.

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1.      Show Your Affection

Your dog will jump through hoops for you with one expectation: that you will be delighted and congratulate them. This is all most dogs want from their master most of the time. It is also the secret to bonding with your dog.

As such, demonstrate your love for your dog more often. Do something that makes them happy, such as cuddling them and brushing their coats. Do something that will show them that they are your best friend.

2.      Give Them More Attention

How much time do you spend with your dog? Dogs don’t have much to do in their spare time – except wait for you to come and show them what to do. To this end, some pets spend hours behind the door waiting for their owners to come back, sadly.

Your dog always has time for you, so be there when they need you. Spend more time with them when you have enough time to spare. Additionally, make arrangements to keep your dog occupied when you are not there – you can’t always be there.

The easiest and most entertaining way to keep your furry friend occupied is to get him/her toys to play with. Take your dog’s preferences into consideration if you’re looking for gift ideas. You can also get a pet sitter to stay with your dog, feed them, take them for walks, and more – a sitter is especially recommendable if you spend most of your time away from home.

3.      Groom Them Well

Dogs collect ticks and parasites everywhere they go. These parasites are unhealthy, as they suck your dog’s blood and can spread deadly diseases. They are also uncomfortable as they cause pain and irritation when they are biting or lurching onto the skin. They are so discomforting that they can make your dog restless, irritable, and even hostile. As such, ensure that you keep your dog clean.

Give him/her a bath regularly. Three times per week is the recommended number, but it is also advisable to wash him after a day walking in the woods or playing at the park. Additionally, brush their fur regularly and keep the claws trimmed.

4.      Exercise Regularly

Exercising is just as beneficial for dogs as it is for people. It helps them burn excess fats and calories, consequently preventing chronic dog diseases. It also helps keep their muscles toned and strengthens their bones. It helps boost their general health, keeping him/her around and active for longer.

Exercising for dogs is just as good as playing. They love being outside and running, so you shouldn’t have trouble persuading them to exercise. It will also give you an opportunity to exercise, keeping you healthier and fitter for longer, too.

It is also advisable to develop mental exercises for your dog’s mental health. Dogs love challenges like solving puzzles, and such mental exercises make them smarter and more interesting.

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5.      Keep Them Fed

Hunger can drive your dog mad. It makes them restless and irritable, and they will bark endlessly or try to run away in a bid to get something to eat. They will also eat anything, including diseased animals in the woods. They will also easily become stray or develop loyalty to someone else – someone who feeds them regularly and takes care of them.

Proper nutrition is necessary for your dog’s health. Ensure that their food contains all the nutrients they need. Additionally, feed them the right amount – just enough to ensure that they stay full but not too much to cause obesity.

There is no excuse for not feeding your dog, including work – unfortunately, many people don’t leave provisions for their dogs when going to work. Ask someone to feed your dog when you are away, or get an automated feeding machine to pour out food for your dog at the set feeding times.  

6.      Take Them for Regular Checkups

Dogs are vulnerable to dozens of diseases, some of which can be fatal. Every disease is a risk to your dog’s health and life, and it is important to start treatment as soon as your dog falls sick. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell when your dog is sick until the symptoms become bad enough to show. As such, it is prudent to take your dog for regular checkups to look for diseases and any potential health risks.

Pay a visit to the vet as often as recommended. Additionally, always be on the lookout for any problems and symptoms, and don’t hesitate to rush to the vet as soon as you see something alarming.

7.      Keep Them Safe

Dogs look up to their masters for everything, including their safety – it is ironic since dogs traditional responsibility is providing security, but it is true. There are lots of potential threats to your dog, including physical threats and threats from disease-carrying pathogens. It is important to protect your dog from all of them.

It is especially important to keep your dog close, as dogs can easily wander off and get lost. As such, ensure that you fit them with a tracking collar or tracking chip to tell where they are at all times.

8.      Neutering Helps

Dogs tend to be more aggressive and restless when they are in heat. Males will wander off for miles trying to find a mate, and females will become aggressive and spray urine everywhere. What’s more, dogs are at a greater risk of becoming sick when they are in heat. As such, it is advisable to have your dog neutered.

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Final Thoughts

Your dog will be more loyal and loving when you keep them happy and healthy. He/she will also live a longer and happier life. As such, take good care of your best friend, and consider starting with these easy and practical tips.