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Apr 13

Steps Toward a Healthier and Happier Pup

Nothing is better than coming home after a long work day and being welcomed by your cuddly pooch. These fuzzy animals can improve our mood and reduce stress levels. One of the most popular pets in the US is dogs. Whether your pooch is a new puppy or an older dog, check out our tips to keep your dog happy and healthy!

Doggy Training

Attending an educational doggy training course can be fun and beneficial for you and your pooch. No matter how old your furry friend is, all dogs can learn new tricks. A positive training experience will also serve as a pivotal bonding moment between you and your dog. When choosing a dog trainer, it is essential that they use positive reinforcement such as treats, attention, praise or play.  There are many different class formats to choose from: private lessons, dog-only lessons, self-help training, and group lessons. Group classes are great because dogs can learn to respond to their owners despite distractions and can also learn to interact with other dogs.

Keep your dog active

Now that winter is over, it’s time to get your dog’s exercise back on track. Depending on what breed and how old your dog is, the amount and duration of recommended exercise varies. Most dogs need about 30 minutes of hard aerobic exercise daily. If your dog doesn’t get enough exercise, he may be at risk of becoming overweight, heart disease, or even respiratory disease. Dogs require year-round consistent exercise, however small apartments or intense seasonal weather conditions may make this difficult to achieve. In addition to daily walks, inside games like tug and fetch are great ways to stimulate your dog’s mind and body.

Healthy dog treats

Treats play an essential part in dog-parent life; therefore it’s important that you’re feeding Fido the best treats possible! Avoid dog treats that include unnecessary additives such as extra salt and sugar or artificial flavors. Choose treats that are protein-packed and minimally processed, like Stella & Chewy’s carnivore crunch. If you’re looking for a treat that also cleans your dog’s teeth and gums, Greenies are a great choice.

Create a sleeping sanctuary

An average adult dog needs about 12-14 hours of sleep per day, while puppies need as much as 18 hours of sleep per day. Quality sleep is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Make sure your pup gets enough sleep by creating a sleeping sanctuary. While many dogs share the bed with their owner, it’s important for them to have their own designated sleeping space as well. Their beds should be placed in a quiet area away to ensure that they will have good, restful sleeps. Choose a cozy, dreamy dog bed that also includes a machine washable cover, so you able to keep the bed clean and fresh.

Quality toys

When your dog isn’t snoozing the day away, keep him engaged with a quality dog toy! The best dog toys are durable against teeth and claws, safe, and able to keep your dog preoccupied for prolonged periods of time. The Spurce named the KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy as the best overall dog toy in 2018. This toy dispenses food and treats for hours of fun and can even be used as an alternative to a dog bowl to help slow and extend mealtime. The Wobbler’s twist-off dispenser makes it easy to fill and clean.

If you’re looking to adopt your own furry friend for National Pet Day, there are many lovable pets looking for their forever home at your local animal shelter. Before you bring your new furry friend home, check out our tips for creating a dog-friendly home.