Last Updated on 2021-03-09 by Linda
Lou’s going to get jealous that I keep talking about Wolfie, but hey he looks so cute in the snow. And it appears Canadians are fascinated by my furry friend (or my furry friend and his family). Did you know that dogs are the most popular pets in Canada and worldwide. WorldAtlas data revealing that 41% of Canadian homes own at least one dog.
They are widely known for their unwavering loyalty, commitment, and love for their owners/best friends And because they are also our best friends, their health is a priority. It is common knowledge that keeping your pet healthy is an essential aspect of responsible pet ownership. As such, you should be fully committed to ensuring that your dog is in perfect health all the time.
So, if you’re looking for ways to keep your dog in top-notch shape, I have you covered. Three awesome tips to help keep Wolfie (or you pup) healthy and happy.
Provide a conducive environment
Like humans, dogs also require a comfortable and safe space to live in. Through evolution, domesticated dogs have lost some of their ability to survive in natural shelters, unlike their wild wolf cousins. Therefore, you need to provide proper housing for your dog to protect it from weather extremities and promote its well being.
Additionally, many experts advise that you should provide your dog with a nurturing environment; communicate with your dog, give it positive reinforcements, play with them, provide treats and of course enough warmth, etc. A reported 500,000 stray dogs roam the streets of Canada’s Northern provinces alone, so prioritize creating a conducive living environment to prevent your furry friend from becoming a statistic.
Prioritize proper nutrition and hydration
Tending to your dog’s nutritional needs is another great way of keeping them healthy, and as a dog owner, you should prioritize this. Unfortunately, many owners fail miserably with this aspect of dog ownership because they do not understand or fail to recognize the importance of adequate dog nutrition and hydration. Ensure that your dog’s water bowl always has fresh, clean water, so they do not get thirsty.
Like you, your dog also needs a healthy, balanced diet. Several experts advise that you invest in dog food instead of feeding it whatever you eat because these foods may be unsafe for your canine’s wellbeing. Many dogs suffer from canine obesity and other diet-related problems due to eating unbalanced meals, if you recall I mentioned this yesterday. As such, always feed your dog healthy dog food. You can check out Freshpet dog food reviews and purchase several healthy meal options that work best for your dog to keep it healthy.
Keep your dog active
Exercise is as beneficial to dogs as humans, so ensure that your dog is frequently active to keep it healthy. Restricting your dog to its kennel or cage with little chance to run, jump, play, and do other dog activities may cause physical problems like obesity and musculoskeletal deformities. Also, exercise can be a great way to socialize your dog. Top Dogs research suggests that poorly socialized dogs are more likely to develop behavioral issues as they grow.
If your canine is always caged in, they may find it difficult to adjust to an external environment if the chance arises. Your dog can become aggressive, overexcited, uncontrollable, or agitated when they gets a chance to be out. Therefore, experts advise that you take your dog for walks and engage them in other physical activities away from home to meet other dogs and people. Besides raising a healthy dog, you will also be the proud owner of a truly good boy (or girl), so prioritize your canine’s physical activity to keep them healthy and well-behaved.