8 Ways to Ensure your Dog is Happy | Exercise, Nutrition, Love & More

As every owner knows, it’s always a top priority to ensure your dog is happy and healthy both inside and out. This is why we have created a list of the top 8 ways to keep your pooch smiling.

Take a look at our ideas, try them out on your own canine companion and let us know how it affects their mood.

 

Exercise

Getting regular exercise is definitely a fantastic way to ensure your dog is happy. Depending on which breed of dog you have, exercise may be anything from daily walks to intense training. Regardless, every dog should enjoy some time outside even if it is only a walk.

Be sure to switch up the routes you take so boredom doesn’t kick in. Otherwise it may seem like a chore for them, which takes away from that happiness and excitement you’re striving for.

 

Dental Health

As humans we know how important our teeth are and it’s very much the same with dogs. By maintaining a high level of dental health your pooch will definitely be happier for it. They may not enjoy it so much right now but be assured that when they have fantastically healthy gums down the line, they’ll be thankful you did it for them.

You want to start this from an early age if possible and continue to include it in your grooming routine as much as you can. Remember that you’ll need to invest in some doggy toothpaste and chew bones or toys for this very purpose.

 

Treats

Treats, in moderation, are a great way to ensure your dog is happy and reward them for being so good. Our delicious Artisan Bakes are the perfect snack for them and your pooch is sure to be super thankful knowing that they have earned this tasty reward from you.

It’s always a great idea to rotate the treats as well, so why not let them try the whole range we have available to keep them intrigued.

 

New Toys

Dogs are playful creatures - they love toys and playing, and they don’t usually don’t grow out of it. Even the oldest, laziest dog might get bored sometimes and want some fun.

But like humans, dogs get tired of the same old thing. It’s essential to switch it up and provide your dog with new toys every once in a while, especially if the old ones are becoming ragged. One system that works is to put your toys on rotation: have a couple out at a time, and once your pooch seems a bit bored, switch them out. You can reintroduce these toys later and your pup will have a newfound appreciation for them.

 

Great Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy, nutritional diet is as essential for your dog as it is for you, because it is the source wherein your pooch will gain everything needed to keep him healthy.

Enriching your dog’s diet with healthier food will allow your pup to maintain a healthy weight, digestive system and even help his development. Nutrition is our highest priority at AATU, and we’ve put years of research and experience into our mission to create the tastiest and healthiest food for your dog.

 

Clip Their Claws Regularly

Pups need a bit of pampering too sometimes. Claws that grow too long can cause serious discomfort for your dog, and won’t do you any favours when they damage your furniture. A prolonged effect can even impact your pooch’s posture and natural instincts.

It’s important to regularly clip those claws down, but do make sure you are doing so safely. If you are concerned at all about how to do this properly, get in touch with your vet and avoid causing your dog any additional harm.

 

Teach Them Tricks

Whoever said ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ clearly didn’t know very many pups. Dogs are intelligent creatures, and teaching them new tricks keeps them entertained as well as being stimulative at whatever age.

Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to spend some extra time with your pooch. Learning a new trick together is a great activity for strengthening your relationship.

 

Lots of Love

Finally, the most important tool for keeping your dog happy is to shower them with love and affection.

For your dog, you are the most important person in the world - the main source of food, play, safety, as well as plenty of hugs. Physical affection and verbal praise are essential for keeping your pooch feeling loved and happy. But we’re sure you knew that part already!

 Are these the tips and tricks you use to keep your dog feeling good? Or do you have any of your own methods for enhancing the happiness of your four-legged friends? Be sure to let us know on Facebook, or tweet us at @AATU_1.