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Being a responsible dog owner doesn’t just mean feeding and walking them, there is so much more you need to do to keep them happy. Here are ways to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Just like us, our likes and dislikes differ. It is the same with dogs, some love to play ball others don’t so find what your dog loves best and play with them. Playtime doesn’t just make them exercise and have fun but also strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Your pooch will also enjoy some time with their furry friends, so once in while schedule a dog date where they can play and chase each other.
Walk, walk, and walk
It’s not enough to just let your dog out in your backyard. Taking them on daily walks is super important because it helps burn off extra calories, improves health, and lets your dog connect to life outside the fence. When you are walking your pooch, switch up your routine by visiting different areas like the beach, forest, or the city. Make sure you bring the right gear for the different activities: the IDC®Longwalk Y-Harness for nature walks, the IDC® Powerharness for everyday use in the city, and the IDC® Color & Gray® belt harness for the beach.
Brushing fur and teeth, wiping paws, clipping nails, washing them is all part of taking good care of your dog. Not all breeds need to be brushed every day but wiping their paws after a walk is a must.
Feed them well
There are six basic nutrients that are essential in a dog’s regular diet; water, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Look for age-appropriate high-quality dog food (puppy, adult, senior) and follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the packet or your veterinarian’s if they gave a special diet.
Who doesn’t like being praised? When your dog has done something good praise them, give them a treat or pat them on their head because it will make them feel delighted.
Show your dog love and affection, give them a belly rub or cuddle together on the couch while watching a movie. It’s relaxing to them as well, did your dog ever fall asleep in your lap? There is nothing cuter than that, but remember don’t you dare wake them up by moving!