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Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy

We all want the best for our dogs. They’re our faithful friends and companions. They’re completely dependent on us for absolutely everything they need. Dogs do require a lot of love and care, but when it comes down to it, the average pooch’s needs are pretty straightforward and simple to provide. Here are just a few different things you can do to keep your pup as happy and healthy as possible!



Walking



One thing to focus on is ensuring your dog is walked enough. Pretty much every dog needs a daily walk of some sort or another. The distance you need to walk your dog will depend on their breed and their personal needs. You can generally find out with a simple online search, but if in doubt, check with your vet. They’ll be able to give you a recommendation. When walking your pup, make sure to keep them on a lead at all times. Invest in a harness rather than clipping the lead straight into their collar - it’s a whole lot safer and your dog is much less likely to slip out.


Grooming


Different dogs will require different levels of grooming. Some pooches barely require any grooming at all. They shed their fur so it stays short and well maintained if it’s own accord. These dogs will generally only need grooming if they get particularly muddy or roll in something they shouldn’t. Some dogs, however, require regular professional grooming. These usually include curly haired breeds like Bichon Frise, Poodles, Lhasa Apsos and more. These breeds don’t shed their fur so need it cut, combed out and dried. If you want an extra touch, consider scents like baby powder dog spray.



Treats, Toys and Games


There are so many different types of treats, toys and games out there for dogs. What one dog likes will differ from what another dog likes. Some will like chicken flavoured treats, some will like beef. Some will like bones created specifically for dogs, some will like soft chews. Some dogs will like balls. Some will like teddies. Some will like tug ropes and chew toys. Figuring out what your pet likes will purely be a matter of trial and error.


Time


Remember that one of the most important things you can give pets is time. Some breeds are more independent and can get by happily without too much fuss. But some breeds are highly needy and dependent and don’t like to be left alone or ignored for even short amounts of time. This is why it’s so important that you research breeds before getting a dog and that you choose one where you can meet all of their needs and preferences. Regardless, the more time you spend with your dog, the happier they’ll generally be!


These are just a few steps you can take to make sure your dog is happy and well at all times. They’re simple to implement and absolute basics if you’re going to have a pet!


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