Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Best Ways to Pamper Your Dog

I have a guest blogger today who has written an excellent article that I want every human to read and remember!!

Dogs are a treasured part of the family and you want yours to feel happy, comfortable and loved. Most dog-owners enjoy giving their canine companion more than basic necessities. Some might call it "spoiling," but pampering your pet is a way to express affection. The time, love and pampering you invest in your dog will be returned with unconditional love and loyalty throughout the years. Following are some ways to enrich your dog’s life.

Choose the Best Quality

· Dog Food: Many people believe it's not a problem to feed their pets bargain pet food. After all, it helps to keep expenses down, right? The truth is low-quality dog food may not provide your pet with the nutrients that promote good health. Ask your veterinarian for dog food recommendations to ensure your dog is getting the nutrition necessary to a beautiful, shiny coat and a strong, healthy body.

· Treats: Pets don't need extra treats any more than we do, but it sure is nice to enjoy them once in a while. Pamper your pet with delicious, nutritious treats to reinforce good behavior or on special occasions. Limit the number of treats you offer your pet so they’re special and don't lead to weight gain.

· Water: It's essential that your pet always have access to fresh water. Provide your pet with clean water by using a water filter for the healthiest water possible. For an extra treat, drop an ice cube or two into your dog's water on hot summer days to help your pet cool off.

Maintain Good Health

· Regular Visits to the Vet:  Regular visits to the veterinarian are essential for your pet’s health. Veterinary care helps protect your dog from health conditions that result from insects, parasites or injuries that occur while outdoors. And veterinary care can add years to your pet’s life.

· Grooming: Keep your pet's skin, coat and teeth healthy with regular grooming. Different breeds have different grooming needs regarding skin and coat, but all dogs need regular teeth cleaning to prevent decay and gum disease. Talk with your vet to learn the best ways to care for your pet's skin and coat.

· Exercise: For health and social purposes, you should walk your dog daily. Make this a regular part of your routine to ensure your pet gets the exercise and activity needed. Although walking can be a time you and your pet both look forward to, some people don't have time for it every day. If you can't walk your dog daily, hire a dog walker so your dog can be active and see other people, places and dogs.

Promote Safety and Happiness

· Training for You and Your Pet: Obedience training creates a stronger bond between pet and owner by teaching appropriate behavior and boundaries. Your pet will be happier and safer when it understands what behaviors are appropriate and which ones aren’t.

· Make Sure Your Home and Yard Are Safe. Your dog’s safety depends on you, so make sure you provide your dog with a safe environment inside and out. Be alert for chemicals, sharp objects or other items lying around that can cause illness or injury. Ensure your dog has a place to stay warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. Provide a fenced-in backyard or other safe place where your dog can run and play safely.

It's only natural that you want to show your love and appreciation to your dog with a little pampering. Incorporate the ideas above to ensure many happy, healthy years together with your beloved furry friend.

Cameron Tyler is a pet enthusiast that loves pampering his pets, sometimes maybe too much. If you'd like to learn more about him check out his Twitter at @camerontyler87

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