For The Love of Dogs continued

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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills. It is a continuation of her posting at For the Love of Dogs

 


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There’s a reason why people say that a dog is man’s best friend. Dogs learn to love you more than they love themselves. They are undeniably friendly and easy to treat well. Dogs are the perfect pet if you’re looking for something to become a full member of the family. You shouldn’t get a dog if you do not want a new member of the family. With a pet that loves you so unconditionally, it deserves to have all its needs met, no matter what they are.

1. Giving Your Dog Proper Nutrition

Your dog needs to be getting a balanced diet of nutrients that provides everything your dog needs. You can tell whether he has all the nutrients by the colors and luster of his coat and his energy levels. Your dog’s fur should look sleek and shiny, and he should have enough energy to make other dogs in his same age group. If either of those things isn’t true, then change the food that you’re giving to him. Stay clear of cheap brands since they often use filler ingredients that provide nothing more than calories for your dog. It would be as if you tried to live solely off of Cheetos for the rest of your life. Give your dog something gourmet. Treat your dog like you wish someone treated you when it came to food. Think how happy you’d be if you got a keto meal delivery right to your door with good food and almost no preparation. Of course, you need to make sure that it’s something that your dog likes. Dogs are very similar to people–they have likes and dislikes when it comes to food. By a sample of several different good brands and have your dog choose which one he likes best.

2. Make Sure Your Dog is Getting Enough Exercise

Like people, dogs need to be getting enough exercise. They need to work and burn their muscles to stay fit. It’s your job to make sure that they’re working out and enjoying themselves. When you go for a walk in the morning, take your dog with you. If you’re not in the habit of walking in the morning, start the habit so your dog will be happy. Dogs who don’t get enough exercise act the same way a person does when the person is sedentary. They might become more reclusive and less friendly. They will get less excited and disinterested in things that usually caught their eye. It’s a sad thing when a dog is denied the simple thing of getting exercise.

3. Socialize Your Dog

If you have a puppy, then it is even more important for him to socialize. Puppies are impressionable, and if they grow up around other dogs, then they will be perfectly content around dogs in the future. If you don’t socialize your puppy, he could become resentful and nervous towards other dogs as he grows up. If you have an older dog who hasn’t been socialized around other dogs, then make sure that you’re always close by when your dog is meeting another dog since you’re not sure how he will react. Carry precautions with you and learn techniques for stopping a dogfight if one were to break out. Socialize your dog with the same group until your dog grows comfortable with them. However, if it’s apparent that you don’t is just not going to get along, don’t push it.

4. Grooming is Key

Just like a human, dogs need to be groomed. Of course, they do some of their grooming like licking their private parts or pawing at their ears. However, that’s not the most effective thing for keeping off the dirt and the ticks. Make sure that you get your dog groomed often. You can take him to a groomer that you trust your you can do it yourself, either way, make sure it’s done often. It would be best if you also made a habit of brushing your dog after each walk and keeping your dog’s fur coat clean and sleek.

Most importantly is that you keep your dog happy. You want to make sure that your dog knows that he’s loved just like you know that your dog loves you.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.