For The Love of Dogs

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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 


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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
Josh Billings

There’s a reason why a dog is called man’s best friend. They love unconditionally. A dog doesn’t care what you look like, how much or how little makeup you want to wear, or how long it’s been since you’ve had a shower. It doesn’t matter to a dog. They’re going to love you no matter what. That’s what makes us love them back just as strongly. That’s why your dog deserves the absolute best that you can give to him. Be the person that your dog thinks you are and make sure that your dog’s life is amazing.

1. Walk Your Dog Every Day

Letting your dog prance around in the backyard for a potty break every few hours barely counts as any form of exercise. Of course, your dog isn’t going to say a word of complaint if you don’t take him on a walk, but he really does need it. Dogs don’t just need to go on walks for the exercise; they also need mental stimulation. They need to be able to experience, or else their minds will wander and become bored more easily. To prevent that from happening, a dog should have a 30-minute walk every day that allows them to interact with the environment.

2. Play With Your Dog

A study done by Bristol University showed that dogs who lack interaction from their owners are more likely to suffer from behavioral issues. Those issues include anxiety, depression, aggression, whining, and ignoring you when you call their name. Most of the time, you can think of your dog as your child. If you don’t give a child the attention they need, they will act out. The same thing happens with your dog. Make sure that you create time every day that you can spend playing and interacting with your dog. Even spending 25 minutes of the day is enough for your dog as long as you make sure that it is meaningful play. You should also be petting your dog throughout the day to make sure that he gets the physical stimulus that he needs.

3. Take Your Dog For a Swim

There are so many benefits to letting your dog go out for a swim. It’s especially easy if you have a pool in the backyard. Swimming touches on each of the different types of stimuli that a dog needs. They need to exercise and play to feel good. They also need the new stimulation of paddling in the water. Swimming also helps a dog to easily and quickly cool down during the hot months. If you don’t have access to a body of water near you, then consider getting a pool. There are plenty of pool financing options that make it, so the cost of the pool won’t drain your wallet. Just make sure that your dog is getting the exercise and the cooldown that it needs.

4. Socialize

Dogs are similar to people. If they don’t go out and socialize often, they can become bitter and jealous towards other pets. To make sure that doesn’t happen, get your dog out often. Take it to dog parks in your area or have doggy-play-dates with your neighbor’s dogs. If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior towards other dogs, take him to a specialist who can help you slowly train and introduce your dog into the social realm. It’s always best to start socializing your dog while he’s just a puppy so that he goes up loving to play with other dogs.

Dogs are so innocent and pure that it is impossible to think of harming the pet. They trust with their whole hearts and will be loyal to you until the end. All that your dog asks for in return in kindness. Treat your dog like a precious family member in the home.

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