There are little things more relaxing and enjoyable than spending time with our dogs. There are many things that we can be doing to make sure that the time that we spend with our dogs nurture and develop them into strong and well balanced animals
Here are our top tips on how to ensure that the time you spend with your dogs is quality time and that you are doing everything that you can to make sure that they are healthy and happy.
Integrating play time into your dog’s daily life is essential in order to both encourage strong cognitive functioning and strong physical health. We all know that one of the things our dogs love to do the most is chew everything in sight, and this can sometimes be to the detriment of our shoes, furniture and anything else lying around that they can sink their teeth into.
Therefore buying your dog’s proper chew toys is not only essential for your dogs but also for the wellbeing of your home. It’s important that your dogs have chew toys that are sturdy and safe, so that they will not be ingesting any chemical based plastics. So jump online and look at the best indestructible dog toys that will have your dog happily chewing, keeping his teeth strong and his stomach (and your shoes!) safe.
Taking your dog for walks is one of the most enjoyable ways that we can spend time with our dogs. There is something so relaxing and de-stressing about taking our best pal out with us for some fresh air and a little light exercise. Dogs relish nothing more than walk time so taking your dog on regular walks is imperative to make sure that your dog is strong and happy.
If your dog is a little unruly on walks however, perhaps walk time is not quite so enjoyable for you, so this is something that you need to look at. If your dog is pulling you around, on his lead, then this is a key sign that there is an imbalance in your relationship. Any dog that is pulling you, on walks, feels that he is the ‘pack leader’ and that they are in control of you. This indicates an upside down power balance that you will need to reverse in order for you to become your dog’s master, to make sure that he is obedient and well behaved.
Making sure that your dog is walking behind you, or by your side, will make sure that your dog knows who is boss. So you will want to spend time teaching your dog to heel to make sure that walk time is a daily routine that you both enjoy.
Spending time at home with your much loved dogs is also a huge source of comfort with your dogs, but you need to provide consistency in order to not confuse your dogs. It’s common for one person to want the dog in the bedroom, and the other not. These mixed signals can be very confusing and upsetting for dogs so make sure that, as a family, you are being consistent with your dogs boundaries and the places in the house that he can enjoy.