Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guest Blogger - Five Ways to Make Your Dogs Day

I have a guest blogger writing for me today-

Dogs are amazing companions. They are selfless creatures that enjoy being around their master. Dogs greet their master at the door, cuddle and love of their master and help keep their master in shape with daily exercise. They offer unconditional love and do so much for the person lucky enough to be their guardian. If you are lucky enough to own a dog, and enjoy the perks that come with owning a loyal, fun-loving pup – why not take the extra time to show how much you love and appreciate their companionship. Consider these five ways on how to make your dog’s day!

There is no better way to communicate love than through touch. It helps build a deeper connection between two beings, and why not show your feelings to your dog with a thirty-minute scratch down. Dogs love a warm touch, and soothing massages – especially around their ears, belly and back. Take a little time, get on the floor and show your pup how much you appreciate him.

Special Treat:
Add a little sweetness to your dog’s regular routine with a special treat – and it doesn’t have to be junk food! Give your dog a break from ordinary dog food with a healthy veggie-fruit mix. Green leafy vegetables and fruits offer plenty of vitamins for your dog as well as antioxidants. You could even juice a concoction together and freeze it to make a pup Popsicle – perfect for a hot summer day! Dogs also love cold carrots to chew on!

Dog Park:
Just like kids, dogs love parks! It is a time for them to run around with other pups and expend a lot of energy!  Not only is the amount of exercise they receive a great reward, it is another way to continue your dog’s socialization with other dogs and people. Your dog will enjoy an hour or two in the great outdoors exploring, running and playing to his little doggy-heart’s delight!

Sprinkler Fun:
On a hot summer day, give your dog the enjoyment of cooling off as he runs around the backyard through a sprinkler! He’ll enjoy the cool splash of water on his coat as he takes turns getting drenched and shaking it off – all while soaking in some good vitamin D from the sun.

Wilderness Hike:
Take your dog on an hike through some local wilderness – whether it be a real mountain of just a hill or canyon – get into Mother Nature and see all the beauty she has to offer. Explore through trees, streams, plant life and even bugs – you both will enjoy the time exploring while getting some fresh air! Just make sure you and your dog have plenty of fresh water and snacks. It’s also a good idea to check out the route ahead of time if your dog isn’t as agile as he used to be!

Susan Wright, DMV has dedicated her professional life to caring for domestic animals as a veterinarian, author and dog training collar expert.


Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging said...

I love the idea of the sprinkler and the wilderness hike. If the weather cooperates, I think we'll do both this weekend.

They're cheap and fun things to do with dogs. We have 3 and they'll love it!

Allen Pearson said...

I'm liking the hiking idea too- I think I'll try to find someplace to take my human this weekend that we have been to before!!- DullesDog

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