Three ways to a happier, healthier dog
KEEP THEM COMPANY
Dogs are very clever and highly social animals who enjoy the company of humans just as much, if not more, than other dogs. They need a loving home with plenty of interaction. When they play with us it’s a bonding game, whereas when they play with other dogs it’s to compete. Because they get so attached to us, they don’t like being left alone unless they have been trained to accept some periods of time on their own, so keep your dog company or find a good dog buddy.
Try different types of play to see what your dog likes – it could be tug of war with toys like raggers and rubber rings; chase and retrieve with balls; hide and seek with people, toys or food; or pounce and shake with squeaky toys. Swap toys every few days to spark their interest and aim for frequent daily five-minute sessions at home or out on walks. Stop while your dog is still enjoying playtime and tidy away toys afterwards.
GROOMING AND CARE
Much like humans, some dogs love being groomed – others less so! Doing it at least once a week stimulates natural oil production for a glossy coat. Brush their teeth daily with doggy toothpaste. Unless you’re confident at clipping, a professional dog groomer is the best option. Remember annual health checks and to keep up with worming and flea treatments – a healthy dog is a happy dog!
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