Most of us think of our dogs as family members. And since they’re part of the family, that means I want to do everything I can to keep them happy and healthy!
Of course, there are some big things that need to happen on a regular basis, like yearly wellness visits to the vet and staying up to date on vaccinations.
However, there are some easy things that every dog owner should be doing each day. These five things can help ensure that your dog has a healthy routine that keeps them happy, too.
Even if you’ve got a fenced in yard where your dog can take care of business, don’t skimp on the walks! Heading out for a walk around the block is for more than just bathroom trips.
Walks are also important for your pup’s overall health and happiness. Walks provide great exercise, but they also help stimulate your dog’s brains as they sniff around and explore the world around them. Besides, it’s a great way to keep a routine and spend some time with your canine companion!
You probably don’t need a reminder to pet your dog everyday, but I’m going to say it anyway. Not only does it help establish a connection between you and your dog, but did you know that it’s been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels for both of you?
On top of that, giving your dog regular physical checks is extremely important. It’s the best way to detect lumps, bumps, ticks, or unexpected sore spots. If you find anything out of the ordinary, it’s time for a visit to the vet.
We love our pets so much that we tend to let them overindulge. While it seems harmless to spoil our pooches, letting them snack on tons of treats can be unhealthy. If your dog likes to snack — I mean, who doesn’t — it’s best to give them the healthiest treat options.
Look for treats that have top-quality, easily recognizable ingredients, and avoid artificial flavors, tons of preservatives, or artificial coloring. And, whole food ingredients are better than by-products, of course. For instance, “wheat” is better than “wheat flour.” The more processed an ingredient is, the more nutrients it loses.
Take the time to play with your pup everyday. And no, going for a walk isn’t the same thing as playtime. Play is important for overall physical health, but it’s also important for a dog’s development and provides mental stimulation. Besides, it’s a great way to improve the bond between you and your bestie.
I’m sure you do your best to keep your dog safely in your home or in your yard, but accidents do happen. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your dog can be properly identified, should they make it out into the world alone.
Check your dog’s collar to make sure it’s secure, and that their ID tags are still attached and legible. If your dog has a microchip (they really should, you know), periodically check that your contact information with the registry is up-to-date.