Being fit and active is essential for a happy and healthy dog. Here are five tips for developing healthy habits to keep your dog mentally and physically fit.
A periodic feeding regime is definitely not a good idea when trying to enforce good eating habits for your furry friend. It is important to remember that dogs respond to routine, which is why it is essential to make sure that you are feeding your dog at the same time each day, and monitoring them while they eat to make sure they are finishing all of their meals.
It is also important to make sure you are feeding your dog good quality food that is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Making exercise part of your dog’s everyday routine is vital for improving their fitness levels and for their overall wellbeing. If you have noticed that your dog is less enthused about going for a walk as they once were, make the routine more invigorating by looking for hills or for different surfaces, like sand, to increase their general interest and resistance.
No one likes the idea of leaving their dog home alone all day, so put your mind at ease by organising some stimulating activities for them to do while you are out. A treat filled toy that makes your dog work to extract it, or hiding the toy to make your dog find it, will help keep your dog stimulated and active during the day.
Visiting a dog park regularly is a great way to keep your dog active and stimulated. Playing with other dogs not only keeps them fit, it instils confidence in them for meeting new or unfamiliar people and dogs elsewhere.
Providing a safe and quiet place to sleep will ensure that your dog gets a good night’s rest to ensure they are revitalised and ready to start the new day.