We all love our dogs and we want them to be happy and healthy. But how do we ensure this? Below you’ll find the secrets to having a happy dog.
SECRETS TO A HAPPY DOG
Your dog brings you joy. Do you ever look over at her while she is sleeping and wonder if you make her as happy as she makes you?
Is she as glad to be yours as you are to be hers? How do you know if your dog is content?
All social species have the same basic needs, just different ways those needs are fulfilled.
We can use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with a little canine twist to discover the secrets to a happy dog.
When all of these needs are met, you will know without a doubt that your dog is living a fulfilled and joyful life.
The most basic and most vital need for dogs is fresh clean water.
Give your dog virtually unlimited access to water. The only exception is limiting a few hours before bedtime when housetraining.
Keep water bowls clean and free of debris. Make sure outside water does not freeze in winter or overheat in summer. Change water in outdoor containers often.
Stagnant water can lead to disease. It doesn’t have to be Evian, but it should be fresh!
If your dog has a habit of knocking over her water bowl, it’s not because she doesn’t want water. It’s because dogs live in the right now, and right now it’s fun.
It doesn’t occur to her that later, she won’t have any water to drink. Weighted water bowls will solve this problem.
Ask a dozen people what dog food is the best, you will get a dozen answers. The elusive Absolute Best Brand has not yet revealed itself.
However, there are better and worse choices.
Feeding a quality dog food means your dog will be healthier from the inside out – from a stronger heart and bones to a shinier coat with less shedding and itching.
The little extra money spent on a better food is more than made up for in fewer Vet visits.
Nutritionally balanced dogs get sick much less often, fewer ear infections, fewer outbreaks of worms, fewer UTIs, and even fewer injuries.
There is even evidence that better food makes for a better behaved dog, as well!
A quality dog food will have meat as at least the first 2 ingredients and little or no corn as a filler.
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We all know that dogs need love and attention to keep them happy. What else do they need though? Find out what your dog really wants here.
What Your Dog Really Wants
We love our dogs. To show it, we write magazines and books about them, buy them designer collars and clothes, and feed them diets more nutritious than what we ourselves ate in college.
Our dogs go on vacation with us, visit doggie daycares, get massages, go on dates.
They get birthday presents, and haircuts more expensive than our own. Some even get their own trust funds. Yes, we definitely love them.
But what do they really want?
Besides steak and bottomless cookie jars and slow cats and bellies full of grass, they probably have a much more doggish list of things that truly make them happy, secure, and fulfilled. But what exactly would those be?
They can’t actually make a list, so we’ll need to do it for them as best we can. It’s a wish list based not upon what makes us happy, but upon what they need as canines living in a human world.
Let’s take them one at a time:
This one’s a no-brainer; every dog deserves to be kept in top physical condition.
You can start by feeding her the best quality food you can, in the right amounts, with special focus on her age, energy levels, and potential allergic reactions.
Deciding on the right food can be made easier by the second key factor in maintaining your dog’s health—namely, your veterinarian.
In addition to giving vaccinations, your veterinarian will keep tabs on your pet’s overall health, recommend food options, and diagnose potential issues such as allergies, joint problems, disease, and even behavioural problems.
Accordingly, be sure to take your dog into the vet at least once a year.
With the minds of two-year-old humans and the physical prowess of Olympic athletes, dogs need direction from us, their elders, to learn focus, control, and etiquette.
Without it, they can become insecure holy terrors, without muse or cause.
Whether you call it leadership, mentoring, management, or guidance, it’s essential to Fido’s happiness.
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As dog lovers we know what we get out of having happy four legged friends, but what do our dogs get out of it? Here are 20 facts all dog lovers should know.
20 essential facts dog lovers must always remember.
1. A dog’s life is very short when compared to a human’s lifespan. While humans can live for more than 100 years, dogs may only live for 10-20 years. Make the time count.
2. Dogs can act aggressively out of fear. Early socialization with people and other animals is key to building confidence, trust and love.
3. Children who grow up with dogs are not only healthier but they are also more well-adjusted human beings. Studies have shown that kids who live with dogs have stronger immune systems, fewer allergies and possibly even healthier microbiomes.
Other research has revealed that kids raised with dogs feel more caring, happy, responsible and intelligent. And dogs love their little humans just as much as they love their big humans.
4. Dog kisses may also improve your health! A new study aims to show that microbes exchanged between dogs and people may have a positive probiotic effect on the human body that affects our overall health.
5. Dogs love to have jobs. Keeping your dogs active and fit will not only maintain their physical health, it will keep them mentally happy too. “A tired dog is a happy dog.”
6. Dogs just want to make their humans happy. Teaching dogs new tricks, challenges and behaviors strengthens the bond with your dog. Studies have shown that dogs bond with their humans in a similar way that babies do with their parents and naturally want to please them.
7. Dogs reduce stress. Dogs have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease because they motivate people to get outside and take walks. Also the emotional bond owners feel towards their pets reduces their reaction to stress and lowers their heart rate.