A dog is more than just a pet. He will quickly become a bonafied member of your family. That leads pet parents to want to do the very best they can to make their furry friend feel comfortable and happy.
There’s no question you should start with providing your pooch with lots of attention and finding the healthiest food possible for his needs, but there is plenty more you can do to make sure you take care of your dog to the very best of your ability.
Exercise with Your Dog on a Regular Basis
You might already be taking walks with your dog whenever you can. That’s a good first step, but it isn’t the end of the story. A walk every once in a while isn’t going to cut it.
Instead, you have to plan to walk your dog regularly, and because these animals are creatures of habit, it’s a good idea to try and go for a walk at the same time each day. If you can’t find time in your busy schedule to walk your dog regularly, don’t hesitate to hire a dog walking service!
Never Use Negative Reinforcement During Training
If you have a dog, you already understand the importance of training. Tricks, like shaking and rolling over, are a lot of fun, but other training is essential. From teaching your dog how to walk on a leash to potty training, there are some things your dog has to know in order to live a happier life with your family.
However, how you train your dog is just as important as what you train him to do. Never use negative reinforcement. It can create anxiety and stress, not to mention, it can negatively affect the relationship you have with your pooch.
Get out There and Socialize
It’s easy to get grouchy and sad when you’re cooped up inside by yourself all the time. Well, your dog feels the same way! That’s why it’s important to get him out there and socialize.
A few ideas include:
- Taking your dog to the dog park
- Signing him up for doggy daycare
- Attending pet-friendly events in your area
- Signing up for training classes
If you have friends with dogs, don’t hesitate to invite them over for a visit. You can even plan pet-friendly get togethers with your family and friends for your dog’s birthday and other special events!
Never Skip a Vet Visit
It’s really easy to put off a trip to your vet, especially if your dog seems to be in a good health, but this is a bad idea. All dogs should go to the vet at least once a year. Regular appointments ensure your pet is properly vaccinated and they allow your vet to catch issues early before they become huge problems.
No one expects you to be a perfect pet parent, but you should do everything you can to be the best owner you possibly can be. The tips on this list are a great place to start!