Tips on ways to help your dog live a long, healthy and happy life
· Exercise your dog daily
o Your dog’s age, overall health and activity level natural to his breed should be taken into account when considering what type of activity your dog needs
o Your dog should get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day
o This includes but not limited to walks, fetch, or a game of hide-n-seek
· Give them toy and food puzzles
o The brain needs stimulation too
o You don’t have to just used treats. You can use their food, peanut butter, plain yogurt, can food, fresh foods. Be creative!
o Dogs like to have problems to solve
o There are toys designed to require work and thought to get the treat out
o This will help him stay young at heart and occupied to help alleviate boredom and any potential destructiveness
· Maintain a healthy weight
o Overweight dogs are at greater risk for a host of diseases, like heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer
o Feeding your dog the right food for his age, breed, activity level and any health conditions will help maintain his best weight and health
· Brush teeth regularly
o Good dental care helps maintain good overall health
o There are also treats that are good for dental care
o Let them chew on a bone!
· Schedule regular visits with the vet
o Like humans need a yearly wellness exam, dogs also need a yearly exam to ensure his continued good health
· Give them love and affection daily!
o The cheapest thing to do to help your dog live a long, healthy, happy life is to shower him with love and affection
o Give daily scratches. Along with a good brushing.
o Cuddle during your favorite show
o Tell them what a good dog they are!