The Key to a Happy Hound
Written by: Cindy Aldridge
Photo By: Pixabay
As a dog lover, you know that a happy dog equals a happy owner and vice versa. But what exactly combines together to give you a pooch whose tail just won’t stop wagging? With the proper nutrition, adequate socialization, and the right amount of exercise, you’re bound to have one happy pup.
Eat This, Not That
That T-bone steak topped with caramelized onions was delicious, and you’re certain your dog would enjoy it too. While he’ll certainly scarf it down, there are certain table scraps that should never be fed to a dog due to the risk of accompanying health issues, some of which can be fatal. Chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes, and yeast are just a few of the many common food items that are extremely toxic to dogs. Your dog shouldn’t be your dishwasher, but it’s okay to give a few human treats from time to time as long as it is in moderation and healthy for him such as small bits of cooked chicken or steamed potato. Remember, there is species appropriate diet for a reason, so make sure your pooch is eating his in order to get the proper vitamins and nutrients as well as discourage begging under the table.
Bonds are Lifelong
Regardless of whether your pooch is a lap dog, guard dog, family dog, etc., one thing is certain” the bond between human and canine is strong. While such a bond is immediate and occurs without any effort of your own, there are ways to continue cultivating the relationship with your pooch. Ultimately, your furry companion wants nothing more than to please you, so provide opportunities to do so. Teach your dog a new trick, establish a grooming routine, or attend a training class together. Spend some time each day teaching your dog social and obedience skills so that the bond doesn’t waver when other dogs and humans get thrown in the mix. Plus, by ensuring your dog knows how to behave in public, you’ll open up a world of opportunities for this next section.
Get Those Paws Moving
Dogs need exercise, but it’ll take much more than simply letting them out in the yard. You’ll need to engage your dog in a little more strenuous activity such as going for a walk or swim, hiking local trails, playing at the dog park, or enjoying a game of hide and seek together. If you can swing it, pop in during your lunch break for some quick playtime, or bring in a trusted dog walker. Making sure your pooch gets lots of exercises will keep him healthy and happy--and it might help you get in better shape as well, as you will be accompanying him with his new exercise routine.
If you have a yard at your residence, you might want to consider installing a good fence so that your pet can go outdoors without you having to worry about him wandering off, getting hit by a car, or having an unfortunate encounter with other neighborhood pets or wildlife. A well-constructed, properly installed fence will help your dog get more exercise while giving you more peace of mind.
In order to be happy, dogs need the basics – food, water, socialization, and exercise. In order to be fulfilled, give your dog companionship, loyalty, and unconditional love. Create a pack, and bring others in for a pooch that is truly living the good life.
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<About the Author>
Cindy Aldridge is the creator of ourdogfriends.org, a website advocating for the love and ownership of dogs. She believes that dogs truly are our best friends and wants to see fewer dogs in shelters and more in loving homes.
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