If you have ever had a dog, you know how important they are to you and your family. A dog provides companionship, comfort, amusement, adventure, and so much more. You can show your gratitude and appreciation, by spoiling your dog with a few healthy actions that let them know how much they mean to you.
Healthy Socialization with Other Dogs
Many, but not all, dogs can benefit from playtime with other dogs. Getting your dog to be well socialized should begin in the puppy years, with regular interactions with other canines to learn the basics of canine etiquette. You can invite a friend or neighbor who has a dog to come over for a play date, or you can gradually introduce your dog to the local dog park. These sessions provide good opportunities to exercise both mind and body.
Make Healthy, Homemade Treats
You can find a wide variety of treats on the shelves of your local supermarket or pet store. However, many of these treats contain sugar, preservatives and other ingredients that are not healthy for dogs. To ensure you’re feeding your dog truly healthy treats, try baking your own dog treats at home. You can find a number of recipes on the internet, to allow you to spoil your best boy with a healthier treat. Don’t be shocked when your pooch wants to lend a helping paw while you work—or even taste test for you!
Master the Art of Doggie Massage
Choose a relaxed time of day, and start petting your dog soothingly. Then, work your way all over his body, gently rubbing the muscles, avoiding any tender or sensitive areas. This soothing practice will help your dog relax, rest, and be ready for your fun adventures together.
Provide a Dog-Friendly Home
When choosing a residence or buying property for your family, you should also consider your dog’s needs. Even a small, fenced yard will provide opportunities for your dog to enjoy the fresh air, sleep in the sun and perhaps chase a squirrel or two. You may have a larger area in mind, where you can both ramble a bit, basking in the open air and getting some beneficial exercise.
Visit the Pet Store Together
Many pet supermarkets allow you to bring your dog inside the store with you. These visits can provide interesting sights and smells for your dog to enjoy. Let your pooch pick out a toy on their own, instead of bringing home one that may, or may not, be acceptable. This is a unique experience, to be sure, and can seem kind of silly. At first. Ultimately, it will be another way for you and your pup to bond and have fun together.
Having a dog allows you to have many moments to lavish love on your special animal companion—after all, they deserve it. The more time you spend with your dog, the healthier and happier he or she will be, and you will reap the benefits to your own mental and physical health.