This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jenn Lee
How to Ensure Your Dogs Are Happy
Dogs are animals which do not need a lot to make them happy. With the affection of their humans, a comfy place to sleep, exercise, food and water, they can have a fulfilling life. However, some dogs may still be unhappy, and you need to address certain specifics to provide them with the life they deserve. This article will provide the essential ways to make your dog happier.
Feed Them Correctly
Proper nutrition is the basis for enjoying good health and one of the keys to happiness. Dogs love to eat, so you must offer them a food that covers older nutritional needs and it’s appetizing at the same time. There are several options available when feeding your dogs, which you must assess on an individual basis. The two main options are nutritionally complete home-made diet or a high quality commercial feed recommended by your vet.
But what makes one feed better than another? Regardless of the price of the product, it’s essential that you look at the type of ingredients included, whether or not they have additives or preservatives, if the ingredients come from a high quality animal origin and the production process involved. This is one of the reasons you need to consult a veterinarian. As this information is not always easy to discern from the packaging; you may need some better background information. Also, remember that each individual requires a specific range of nutrition to cover their particular needs in terms of age, health, and circumstance.
Play With Them
Games are one of the many ways to make your dogs happier. It strengthens your bond together, and a strong bond is something dogs crave. Don’t hesitate to buy various toys or even learn how to make them yourself . Kong’s are usually among their favorites, but intelligence toys and games will also help you to keep their brain active. Always ensure you have enough home security to ensure your dogs are safe when playing.
Walking for 20 minutes is not enough. For your dog to be happy and properly stimulated, it needs consistent outings and activity. It is highly recommended that animals run to release accumulated energy, sniff their environment, detect new stimuli, and interact with other dogs and people.
Training is another way to keep your dog entertained and stimulated, but it also must always be positive. Punishments and scolding produce fear and stress as well as harm your bond. They can also be the origin of behavioral problems such as aggression or destruction. For this reason, experts recommend reinforcing good behavior with words of encouragement, caresses, games and treats to motivate the animal to do well and understand your intentions.
Do Not Neglect Their Hygiene
Brushing, bathing, nail trimming, expressing anal glands and cleaning ears, eyes and teeth are the basic care dogs need to be happy and healthy. A full inner gland produces discomfort and can become infected. Nails which are too long can be painful. Excessive tartar causes more problems. Follow a regular hygiene routine.
Learn to Understand their Language
Understanding the dog’s form of expression is essential to better communicate with their dogs and understand their daily needs. Learn about what their posture says about demeanor, signs of calmness or the meaning of the vocalizations. You may be surprised how many things you don’t try to communicate on a daily basis.
Provide Comfort, Security, and Confidence
To be happy, dog needs to feel safe in their homes, trust their human companions, and enjoy a comfortable place to sleep. For humans, rest is very important and it is no less so for your dog. So, ensure they have comfort and security when they needed this.
Pay Attention to their Health
You need to make regular trips to the veterinarian to perform routine examinations, administer vaccinations and deworm the animal. Fleas, ticks and internal parasites can cause serious damage to the health of your dog.
If you give all your love to your dog, you will have at your side a faithful companion who will never abandon you. Put into practice all this advice and you will have the happiest dog in the world.
Jenn Lee, is a family blogger and proud parent of Reggie the Golden Retriever .