7 Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

Your  dog isn’t just a pet, it’s as much a companion as any member of the  family. And because you love it as much as anyone else you share your  life with, you want to keep your dog healthy and happy. But how do you  avoid dog health problems? Here are 7 tips for good dog health you can  follow to ensure your canine companion a happy life: 

  1. Proper and Nutritious Diet. 
    Provide a high quality dog food in the proper amount for your dog’s weight. A high quality dog food is specifically formulated to meet your dog’s physiological  needs without a lot of needless fillers and chemical additives. Also,  limit the snacks and treats to fruits, veggies, and high quality dog snacks to avoid dog health problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Avoid sharing junk foods. They’re aren’t any more healthy for dogs than they are for people. 
  1. Exercise Daily. 
    Dogs are naturally very active and require a lot of exercise including even the smallest breeds. Taking your dog on a 20 to 30 minute walk at least once a day keeps it’s body functioning properly, joints  lubricated and muscles toned. It also helps to burn off excess energy  and allows your dog to stay relaxed. Without this type of release, dogs  can become nervous and that leads to destructive habits like chewing,  barking and jumping. Besides, a little fresh air can benefit both of  you. 
  1. Training. 
    Every  dog needs rules. They’re pack animals by nature and psychologically  require a clearly defined hierarchy to be relaxed. Spending a little  time each day training and teaching your dog basic commands like “sit”,  “stay”, “down” and “leave it” not only makes your life much easier, but  your dog will have a clearer understanding of who’s in charge and what’s  expected. Consistency is key. Lack of rules or inconsistent rules can  leave a dog confused and nervous and it could lead to destructive or  aggressive habits. Keep it fun and you’ll both enjoy it. 
  1. Play. 
    Everybody  needs play time, including your dog. It’s a great way to blow off  stress, provide some mental stimulation and just have some fun. You  should spend time playing with your dog every day. This isn’t the same  as training, however. Playtime is about having fun while reinforcing you  are in control in a light-hearted way. Avoid games like tug of war or  that require direct use of your hands. These can confuse a dog into  viewing the play as a challenge for dominance and can lead to  aggression. Keep it light and end play time on your terms. 
  1. Provide proper shelter or a crate. 
    If  you leave your dog outside while you’re away, be sure there is proper  shelter against the elements, plenty of clean, dry bedding and a good  supply of fresh water. If you prefer to keep your dog inside the house, a  crate is the best way to ensure your dog is comfortable and safe until  you come home. A crate should be big enough for your dog to stand, lie  down and turn around comfortably. While this may seem like a small jail  cell, most dogs actually prefer an enclosed place that is their own. It  feels like their own den which helps them relax and it’s also insurance that your dog hasn’t gotten into something it shouldn’t while you’re away. 
  1. Parasite control. 
    Dogs  can be victim to parasites like fleas, ticks, intestinal worms and  heart worms. Some parasite bites can cause allergic reactions, and some  can have deadly results. To keep dog health a priority, have a regular  parasite control regimen which includes repellent collars, sprays and  baths, and a regular intestinal de-worming. 
  1. Regular Vet Checks. 
    Have  your dog checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. The vet will  check your dog’s weight, vitals and joints, examine for parasites, and  update your dog on needed immunizations. This is also the perfect time  for you to raise any dog health questions or concerns you have. Your vet  can provide you with proper guidance to be sure you have no dog health  problems in the future. 
    By  following these 7 simple tips, you’ll never need to worry about dog  health or happiness again. Your special companion will be getting the  best love and care you can possibly give. And you’ll have peace of mind.

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