As a dedicated and proud dog mum, the steps I take to improve my life often involve my dogs. The things I do to keep them happy and healthy often benefit me in the same way, and lets face it, it helps to have a pal to stay motivated.
Roley, Minnie & Teddy are my three pug-crossbreeds, and they are my biggest motivators to be my best self. They make me a better person and I owe it to them to provide them with the best life I can give.
My dogs are my friends for life, we are in this for the long haul, so I want to ensure many more happy and healthy years with them. It is never too early, or too late, to gain better habits as a pet and parent. So, here are some ways I have found help make that happen in my dogs lives.
Plenty of Exercise. Exercise for dogs ranges from the basic necessities to intense activities. From daily walks to agility training, certain exercises simply get the job done while other are fun and exciting challenges for your dog. It is important to note that when it comes to physical activity and your pet, the simplest activities like walks go a long way.
It is a good idea, for both you and your dog, to switch up every once in a while. Try hitting the local walking trail, play fetch in the dog park, or practice an obstacle course, just to keep things interesting. And if the weather is a bit shoddy, there are tonnes of ways to exercise your dog indoors that are fun too!
Stimulate You Dog’s Mind. Dogs are instinctual, interactive creatures and as the leader of their pack, they will look to you to provide opportunities to test their wits.
Try challenging your dog’s mind by practicing a new trick, introducing them to new people or dogs, and take them along on new paths, like your weekend errands. Mix it up by bringing them new things to smell, playing with them like a dog or attempting a difficult trick. These are just a few ways to stimulate your dogs mind, but the imagination is boundless – don’t be afraid to try something totally different between you and your pup.
Routine Care. Routine care is one of the most important things pet parents can do for their dogs, especially since our furry friends cannot communicate to us directly when they have biological needs. It is important for us to use our initiative and be the caring humans our animals deserve by feeding them healthy food, enabling exercise, scheduling regular visits to the vets, providing the necessary grooming and administering essential health supplements.
Meet Nutritional Needs. Most dog owners understand the nutritional needs of their pets.
Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water daily.
Things like meats and plants are important because they provide your dog with essential amino acids that they need to stay healthy and functional.
Minerals help keep your dog’s teeth and bones strong.
Fats promote a healthy skin and coat and provide your dog with plenty of energy! Plus, they tend to taste good, which makes them more likely to eat. Just take care and avoid giving them too many fats.
Your dog will need vitamins for their metabolism to function normally. If you are feeding your dog a balanced diet, they will automatically get all the vitamins they need.
And finally, carbs. Despite the bad rep we give them, they do all kinds of good things for dogs like keeping their intestines healthy and preventing things like diarrhea and constipation.
Love & Affection. My favourite part of the list. My dogs are 3 years old and 1 years old and I’ve been a happy parent for all of those wonderful years. Whenever I go away for a few days or even just spend a full day at work, the thought of going back home to them and their affectionate excitement fills my heart with joy. The bond we share adds undeniable value to my life and it is not a relationship I take for granted.
As their parent, your dog is often looking to you and waiting for their cue to deepen a bonding moment, whether that be a snuggle on the sofa or tearing you away from your human tasks for a positive affirmation every once in a while. As with people, it is the little things that go a long way with maintaining a positive relationship with your pet.
It is a reward for both dog and owner to display your unconditional love for one another. Love between you and your dog is a powerful tool. It can affect they interact with other animals and people and curb their behaviour.
Thanks for reading.