Keeping your dog happy and healthy is a full time, daily task. It’s a lot of work, but that’s a huge
part of what makes owning a dog so rewarding. There might not be anything more important
that you do for your dog’s health than what you feed him every day. Of course, when it comes
to nutrition, there are so many opinions that it can be hard to know if you’re doing the right
thing. Throw in a few late-night internet searches and you could find yourself completely at a
loss as to what to put in your friend’s bowl.
Dogs are very intelligent creatures, and like all smart animals, they need to be kept engaged. For some dogs this may take the form of high energy physical activity while in others it may be more lowkey. Regardless of how your dog expresses his or her need for a challenge, it can be hard to keep them engaged and entertained on days when you’re stuck in the house on a rainy or bad weather day.
There’s one thing that almost all of us are guilty of when it comes to spoiling our dogs: treats. Let’s face it, it can be almost impossible to say no to the little faces of our dog friends when they’re in full begging cute mode. Treats are, in and of themselves, not a bad thing for dogs. In fact, the right treats, at the right time, in the right amount, is one of the best ways to reward your little friend while making sure he/she is well behaved.
Dogs and humans have been evolving together for tens of thousands of years. They are our greatest animal friends and yet, even among friends, fights can break out. When a dog lashes out and bites his or her owner, it can be a traumatic experience. And not just physically traumatic – usually the bite itself isn’t life threatening, but the emotional stress of being bitten by your best friend and companion can be hard to recover from. So, what do you do in the unfortunate situation where your dog bites you?
It may come as a surprise that humans aren’t the only ones suffering from an obesity problem in this country. Pets, especially dogs, are also more likely now than ever before to be overweight. In fact, some people estimate that as many as half of American pets are overweight. As with people, being overweight comes with all kinds of side effects: Heart and kidney disease, arthritis, diabetes and more. Our pets aren’t just our friends, we’re responsible for their well-being and even though it’s hard not to indulge them, we have to consider their health first. Luckily, there are so many easy things to do to get your pet back in shape or, if the little guy is already healthy, that he stays that way.
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