By: Aurora James, Guest Writer
As a doting pup parent, you know your job is a big responsibility, but it’s also highly rewarding. Dogs rely on us to get the love and care they need and in return, you get to enjoy the hours of cuddles and playtime. As fun as it is to have a furry companion in your family, you also want to give them the best life possible! It doesn’t take much for your dog to feel like he’s living the life—all you have to do is follow these three simple steps.
1. Proper Play Time
Any responsible pet owner should make sure their dog has plenty of opportunities to stay occupied. Dogs need activity for their health and well-being, and are particularly social creatures that crave interaction.
One of the best things you can do is take your furry friend to the dog park regularly, as interacting with other canines prevents boredom and satisfies your pup’s need to socialize. Another good way to keep things interesting is to try out a new toy for your dog, such as a ball or plush toy.
Besides being essential for health, having toys to keep boredom away also helps keep pets from getting into trouble, such as chewing shoes. The best way to avoid this situation is to try different types of toys and see which ones your pet likes best. For example, many dogs like interactive toys that give them a mental challenge. The type of toys your pup likes best may depend on their personality and breed, with some that are natural tuggers (ropes are perfect), while others love fetching a ball or doing agility exercises.
2. Provide a Comfy Habitat
Dogs need a space that is comfortable. Consider dedicating an area of your home just for your pup and outfit it with a super comfy bed —choose one that’s appropriate for your pup’s size and can easily be cleaned—a blanket, some toys, a gate, and soothing lights and sounds.
Make sure it’s a safe space for your pup—keep cleaning supplies and other toxic products out of reach and electrical cords hidden. If you don’t have a large space in your home, you can get creative by transforming a nook, the laundry room, or another small space that your pup will feel comfortable in.
If you’re crate training your dog, why not spruce it up? You can purchase a luxurious crate for your pup, or if it’s an expensive buy, you can make one yourself. PopSugar suggests putting a wire crate into a wooden frame to make it look like a piece of furniture. The wire will also prevent your dog from chewing on the wood.
3. Give Them Lots of Love
Of course, the best way to pamper your pet is to give them lots of love and attention. Besides lots of playtime, if your dog likes to be cuddled, make time for it every day! Give them plenty of belly rubs and behind-the-ear scratches to show them how much they’re loved.
Feeding your pets the very best diet is another simple way to show your love. Your dog has specific nutritional needs, and they may not thrive if these needs aren’t met. Instead of serving kibble, consider spoiling your pup with fresh, nutritious food.
While you can make these meals yourself, opting for a dog food delivery service—which sources the ingredients from farms—can mean more time spent with your pup! Or try an option as easy as kibble, like FDA-approved human-grade food from The Honest Kitchen, which is available at most pet stores or online with a simple delivery subscription service.
The Bottom Line
We all want to give our pets what they need, but why not give them more? Spoiling our dogs is more than just a luxury—it’s a way to give them a happy life, which is what they deserve!