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7 tips to improve your dog’s life

He is our best friend and offers us his love generously. Here is how we can make him even happier!

Firstly: Proper Feeding and Healthcare Feed your dog a high-quality food and make sure that you are providing the right meal portions – giving him enough without overfeeding. Bring your dog to the veterinarian for regular health checks. Make sure you bathe your dog periodically, also brush and trim his nails often. Always be alert for signs of illness.

Second: Be Consistent and Fair With Rules One of the easiest ways to confuse and frustrate your dog is by being inconsistent with rules. Did you toss your dog a bite of food during dinner three weeks ago, yet wonder why he’s begging today? By tossing that food a few weeks ago you encouraged more begging, even if it was unintentional on your part. When you set rules and boundaries for your dog remember to be consistent. Don’t let them get away with something one day only to punish them for it the next. Having clear rules and boundaries will ensure your dog knows exactly what’s expected of them at any given time, and it will help avoid the frustration of inconsistent punishment. If they’re not allowed to do something (such as jumping on the couch) make sure everyone in the family sticks to that rule.

Third: Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated Dogs need mental stimulation, so integrate active obedience, commands, and training into everyday life. How many tricks does your dog know? Do they have a good stay, come here & lay down? Well the good news is there’s a lot more you can teach them that goes beyond the basics. With trick training there’s always more to add. Teaching your dog a new trick or command is great for mental stimulation, and it can be especially helpful with shy or fearful dogs. All that training will help boost your dog’s confidence, and it strengthens the bond between dog & owner. Learning new commands can also help increase your dog’s focus and impulse control (manners).

Fourth: Provide Enough Exercise Most dogs do not get enough exercise. As a result, their health becomes problematic. Find out what you and your dog like best – jogging, walking, hiking – and get moving! A lack of exercise can also cause boredom and frustration. Dogs that don’t get daily exercise are much more likely to develop destructive behaviors such as excessive chewing or barking. By providing regular exercise you’re giving them a routine and a way to burn off extra energy — one that won’t include chewing up your favorite shoes.

Fifth: Spend Some Time Together There is a large number of reasons that you should play with your dog. First and foremost, if you have a dog, it most likely means that you wanted a companion. To build companionship with your dog, you’ll need to spend ample time with him. This doesn’t just mean feeding him and letting him outside to go to the bathroom, it should also mean that you enjoy playing with your dog. Playing with your dog will strengthen the bond between you. Dog owners who play with their dogs regularly will most likely notice an increase in obedience and better overall behavior from their dog.

Sixth: Let Them Sniff The World Sometimes when we take our dogs out on a walk, we often forget that there’s a world around us that they’re curious to explore. You can usually tell how curious they are by the constant activity of their noses tracking all the odors around them. That’s why it’s nice to stop once and a while and let them sniff their surroundings. Dogs rely on their highly sensitive noses, so it’s good to let them satisfy their curiosity every now and then. Of course, make sure to pay attention to what they’re sniffing or tracking because you never know what they’ll get their nose into.

Seventh: Release Them From Accessories Consider removing your dog’s collar at night. Dogs will probably enjoy the freedom just as much as we do when we take off our belts, watches or earrings. Plus, the noise of jingling tags bothers many dogs; to reduce it, tape the tags together or stow them in a pouch designed for that purpose.

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