Be A Great Dog Owner With These Tips And Tricks
You love your dog and you want to provide the best life possible for them. However, sometimes it can be hard to decide how to be the best dog owner you can be. There are all kinds of conflicting information about what to do to take care of your dog. Here are some of the essentials about how to be the owner your dog wants you to be:
Provide the Right Amount Of Exercise
Dogs vary dramatically in how much exercise they need. Working breeds like Huskies and Pointers may do best with several hours of exercise every day. On the other hand, dogs bred for companionships, like Pugs and Shih Tzus, may get most of the exercise they need running around the house and yard.
It’s crucial to determine just how much exercise your dog needs and provide it. Dogs without sufficient exercise often suffer from behavioral issues, are difficult to train, and are generally unhappy. If you are struggling with any behavioral issues, the first step is to give your dog more exercise.
Look up the approximate amount of exercise that is recommended for your dog’s breed and make an effort to match it. You’ll know your dog is getting enough exercise when they are calm and relaxed instead of bouncing off the walls.
Offer a High-Quality Diet
Most dogs do very well on a quality kibble diet. Quality kibbles are formulated to meet your dog’s nutritional needs and the texture of the kibble is great for your dog’s teeth. However, you may decide to avoid grain-free diets as they may be linked to heart disease.
It’s also a good idea to enhance this quality diet with healthy vegetables like peas and fruits like blueberries. Healthy fruits and vegetables can stand in for fattening commercially available treats.
Choose some supplements that will be beneficial to your dog’s health from a quality provider like Innovet Pet. Probiotics to improve digestion, mobility support to build healthy joints, and calming chews to relieve anxiety are all great options. (Currently, CBD oil products have not been authorised for use in animals in the UK, and you would need to talk to your vet first if you were considering them).
When choosing treats, look for single-ingredient treats like esophagus, tendons, and bully sticks. Avoid treats with lots of added fat, sugar, and filler ingredients. Also avoid rawhide, which can be an impaction risk, and ears, which can be very fattening.
Make Training a Way of Life
One of the most common mistakes that new and inexperienced dog owners make is to provide training in 15 or 20 minutes segments every day or week and then ignore training the rest of the time. While daily training is certainly a good idea, it is much better to break it up into multiple brief sessions.
Dogs have short attention spans and often do better when trained for brief periods, as little as five minutes at a time. Furthermore, training steadily throughout your life together with your dog builds up communication between you so that your dog will constantly be looking to you for direction. A dog that is trained in this way tends to be calmer and more focused on its owner than dogs that are trained only in training sessions.
Many people find that providing much of a dog’s daily food as training rewards is a good way of working training into everyday life:
- Ask your dog to sit and stay randomly throughout the day and then reward them with a handful of kibble, a few healthy pieces of fruit or vegetable, or the opportunity to run out into the backyard.
- Work on a new trick after a walk when your dog is calm and mentally focused.
- Practice calling your dog back for a yummy reward and then immediately release them to go play again when they are playing in the backyard or at the park.
Do What Your Dog Likes
Every dog is different. While some things (like treats) are pretty universal, other things may be very appealing to some dogs and not at all interesting to others. It’s important to find out what your dog likes best and make an effort to include it in your dog’s daily life.
Does your dog love to play with other dogs? Bring them to a safe dog park or seek out a group of doggy friends for them to socialize with. Does it seem like your dog can’t get enough of the water? Find a dog park or dog daycare that offers swimming, try a kiddie pool in your backyard, or make trips to the ocean or lake.
Whatever it is that seems to make your dog happiest, make sure that you include that in your regular activities.
Be the Best Owner You Can be to Your Dog
You can bet that your dog is trying to be the best dog that they can be for you, although sometimes they may find it challenging to know what you want or obey your commands. Set them up for success by being the best dog owner you can be. Give them plenty of exercise, a nutritious diet, and regular training. Have fun with your dog doing the things your dog likes to do.