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4 Ways To Keep Your Dog Happy And Healthy

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As a pet owner, you will want your dog to be both happy and healthy. However, day to day life can often get in the way, and you may find yourself not paying as much attention to your dog’s well-being as you would like.

Of course, you will be feeding your dog and hopefully taking them for regular walks, but there are several other habits that you can adopt as a pet owner, which will ensure your dog is as healthy and happy as they can be.

From mixing up their daily exercise schedule to stimulating their mind to ensure that they do not get lonely while you are at work, keep reading to find out the top four ways that you can keep your dog content for many years to come.


4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy


1. Have fun with fitness

If you have got into the boring routine of the same daily walk around the same neighborhood, then now is the time to give your dog a new exercise routine.

Even if you only have time for a 15-minute walk in the morning and evening, you can still make this activity more enjoyable for your dog by taking a different route or by detouring to the local park.

Dogs love to explore, so if you can let them off the leash in a wooded area, they will have the time of their lives sniffing around and searching out new places.

Other activities you may want to try with your dog include:

  • Agility training
  • Playing fetch
  • Practicing on an obstacle course
  • Taking part in a doggy fitness class
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2. Motivate their mind

Your dog’s mental well-being is just as important as their physical one, yet sadly, many dog owners fail to sufficiently stimulate their dog’s minds. No, you don’t need to sit down and read The Great Gatsby to your dog, but you do need to ensure that you keep their mind active.

Ways in which you can do this include:

  • Teaching them new tricks
  • Introducing them to new people
  • Taking them to new places
  • Introducing them to new smells
  • Playing new games
  • Buying them new toys

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3. Make sure they are not lonely

If you regularly work long hours or are often out of the home for long periods, you may want to consider putting your dog into a doggy daycare facility, such as the one provided by heartandpaw.com.

Signs your dog may be lonely include:

  • Destructive behavior
  • Excessive barking
  • Having accidents in the home
  • Reduced appetite
  • Low energy levels
  • Aggressive behavior
  • They become withdrawn
A doggy day-care center will provide them with the stimulation and company that they need to be happy and to thrive.

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4. Fulfill their nutritional needs

If you want your dog to be both happy and healthy, then you need to ensure that their nutritional needs are being met, this doesn’t mean giving them lots of treats!

As well as ensuring that they stick to their recommended calorie intake for their breed, it is also a good idea to introduce a daily supplement into their diet. There are many chewable tablets available that can help keep your dog as healthy as possible.

A supplement can help support your dog’s:

  • Immune system
  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Bones
  • Digestion
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