5 Ways to Care for Your Dog and Treat Them Like Family

Your dog is an important part of your family, and you want to do all that you can to help your furry friend live a healthy and happy life. Here are some things that you can do to ensure that man’s best friend is always well cared for.

Be in Tune With Their Health

If you have had your dog for a reasonably long time, you can likely tell when they seem a bit off. If they are having a rough day or just don’t seem quite like their usual happy self, a visit to the vet may be in order. However, if your pet has less serious health issues that you are aware of that occasionally occur, purchase what is needed to make them feel better and always have it on hand. For example, if your pet has anxiety when left alone or during storms, CBD oil for dogs is a great thing to always keep handy. However, always ensure that you have adequate funds to care for your dog, because sometimes accidents do happen that cannot be managed at home and veterinary care is essential.   

Feed Them Well

There are seemingly infinite types and brands of pet food on the market today. It can be overwhelming to decide which one is best for your pup. You don’t have to break the bank to get a wholesome, healthy food, thankfully. A general rule of thumb is to choose a food that lists protein (chicken, lamb, etc.) as the first few ingredients. If those ingredients are not among the first that you read, the food is likely full of cheap fillers that are not nutritious. Most importantly, if your dog is energetic, has a shiny coat, and seems healthy overall, the food that they are currently eating is likely a great choice for them. 

Treat Them To Occasional Goodies

Giving your pet treats not only shows them that you love them, but is also a great way to interact with them and work on training and commands. Keep all types of treats on hand so that they can be given for all different occasions. Give your pet a long-lasting bully stick or a dental bone if you plan to leave them alone. Have smaller training treats if you want to work with them on tricks and recall so you can reward them for good behavior and they don’t get sick from overeating. You can also give them peanut butter (minus the xylitol) in a bone or Kong to really make them feel special. No matter what you give them or when, be sure to always include praise along with the treat so that your dog associates goodies with good behavior. 

Give Them Exercise

Exercise is healthy for both humans and pets, and is a great way for an owner to bond with their furry friend. Spend some time playing fetch in the yard to bond with your dog, or take them on a long walk — or a few shorter walks if you or your pal are unable to walk long distances. No matter how you exercise together, remember that a tired pet is typically a better behaved pet and is less likely to get into things in the home or cause you stress.

Stimulate Their Minds 

It is important to show your dog that they are a valued member of your family (or pack), but not to let them be in control. Dogs aim to please (usually), so task them with simple commands frequently like “sit” or “stay” and praise them when they comply. If they are more advanced, teach them to help with a daily task, like grabbing the newspaper from the yard. A dog that feels useful and stimulated is happier because they feel like an essential part of the pack.

Treating your dog like a beloved family member is easy. Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a pet that is happy and healthy.