5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

by The Organized Dream

Those of us who are experienced canine parents know the importance of keeping our dogs healthy
and happy. They are, after all, part of the family and our best friend and companion. Our dogs are
loyal and protective and they provide us with hours of entertainment by doing all the cute doggie
stuff they love doing. So, it’s our job as pet parents to return the favor by trying to keep them happy.

To keep those tails wagging, following are 5 ways to keep your dog healthy and happy.

1. Give Your Dog the Nutrition It Needs

While your budget may not allow you to buy expensive meat cuts for your dog, you do need to put
in that effort to make sure your pet’s diet is nutritionally complete. Wild dogs and wolves kill and
feed on other animals. Domestic dogs have digestive systems that are almost identical to their wild
cousins who are predominantly carnivorous. However, pet dogs are remarkably adaptive and are
known to thrive on an omnivorous diet. Apart from providing a protein-rich diet, some pet owners
add fruits and veggies to their dogs’ meals.
However, keep in mind to do a bit of research before adding anything new to your pet’s diet as
some human food can be toxic to dogs. When buying pet food stay clear of brands that use corns
and grains as their primary ingredients. Corns are neither healthy nor easily digested by dogs.

2. Find a Good Vet in Your Area

Routine medical care is just as important for your dog as it is for you and your family. This is why it’s
important to find a good vet who lives nearby. This way you can reach him or her in case there is an
emergency. Make sure you have a good rapport with your vet and your dog feels comfortable
around him or her. Apart from applying flea and tick preventives regularly, make sure your dog’s
shots and vaccines are kept up to date.
If you don’t want your dog to wear a flea collar, try beef flavored Nexgard chewable tablets. This is
a great alternative to flea collars which are known to emit a strong smell that can potentially irritate
your dog. Chewable preventatives, timely shots, and regular checkup will ensure your dog remains

3. Give Them Their Daily Dose of Exercise

Even if you don’t have the time or energy to play with your dog every day, it’s crucial your dog gets
a large enough free space to play on its own. A well fenced backyard with a grass lawn can be a
perfect play space for any dog. When left alone, your dog will keep itself engaged by finding things
to chase and sniff. A spacious backyard can also be the perfect arena for a good old game of fetch.
The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on its specific age, size, and breed. Older dogs
need less exercise so a quick walk around the block is all that they need or can handle.  Puppies,
on the other hand, are little bundles of energy and they gleefully run around all day long. As a
general rule, make sure your dog gets about 30 minutes of exercise daily.

4. Tear Down the Human-Canine Language Barrier

While you expect your dog to obey the commands you give it, it’s equally important for you to learn
the ways your dog is trying to communicate with you. Take time to study your dog’s barks and its
body language. Once you do, you will be able to tell when it’s hungry, craving for some love, or
when it spots an intruder on your property. Understanding and connecting with your dog is an
important aspect of keeping your furry little child happy and healthy.

5. Spend Quality Time with Your Dog Every Single Day

Dogs need and crave undivided attention from their pet parents. This is why, no matter how brief,
you should take time playing and bonding with your furry family members. A simple pat on the head
and a few rounds of fetch shows your pooch that you love it the way it loves you.
As a loving pet parent, you want what’s best for your canine buddy so make an effort to turn these
above-mentioned tips into a daily habit. In turn, you will be rewarded with a degree of unconditional
love that no human can match.

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