7 Easy Steps To A Happy Dog

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Dogs are great friends to us. Fun to have around, cheerful, cheeky and unflinchingly loyal. 

Our dogs are selfless and will take whatever lifestyle we offer with a grateful wag.

But how can we be certain that our furry friends are truly happy?

1. Lots of Exercise

Every dog has different exercise needs and some won’t even get off the sofa in the rain.

Others need good long walks every day.

Without sufficient walks a dog can become depressed, destructive and develop behavioral problems.

Every dog has different exercise needs and some won’t even get off the sofa in the rain. Others need good long walks every day. Without sufficient walks a dog can become depressed, destructive and develop behavioral problems.[mnleft]

This is as important to you as it is to the dog.  If your dog is not getting the right amount of exercise, his behavior will not be at its best either. Many dogs who do not go out enough tend to have more behavioral problems then the ones that do get enough.

The more exercise your dog gets, the happier he will be when he’s in the home, and of course, it’s very important for the dog’s long-term health as well.

2. Social Contact

I don’t just mean social contact with people. Dogs need other dogs. The only exception is an overly worried or aggressive pet.

Wild dogs live in groups where they learn from each other about play, social skills, how to interact and many other communication types that we often miss.

So if you don’t have multiple dogs find your dog some canine friends for some rough and tumble, or even just a sedate doggy chat about the weather.
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3. Playtime

Playing with your dog will build his confidence, enhance your relationship and be great fun for both of you. So throw him a ball or have a tug of war with a ragger. Whatever your game is, do it regularly and both you and your dog will reap the benefits.

4. A Healthy Coat

Regular grooming is essential to a healthy coat and skin. It’s also fantastic for your mutual relationship.

Even if your dog has short hair (which usually maintains itself) remember that wild dogs groom each other for fun and that social bond.

So it’s a great way to interact with your dog.

5. Health Checks

Your pooch won’t be happy if his ears are sore, his nails are too long or he has toothache. So it is important that we check them for health problems regularly.

[mnright]Take a look in his ears, mouth, eyes, check his feet and look at his anus area every day. Also check his skin for parasites. You are looking for anything unusual such as swelling or discharge.

If there are any changes you can contact the vet.

6. Teach Him New Things

Teaching a dog tricks is great fun for both of you, and it will keep his mind active well into old age.

Positive dog training, such as clicker training, is the best method to train your dog and can even help to prevent the onset of Canine Dementia.

7. Be Happy

If you are unhappy then your dog will sense it. He loves you and will certainly mirror your emotions.

So keep yourself fit, go out on a lovely walk or maybe even learn something new.

If you are happy your dog will be cheery too.

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