Your dog makes you happy. The question is, how long has it been since you made your dog happy?
A happy dog makes for a happier dog owner. The better you treat your pet, the more loyal your furry best friend will be. If you think it's about time for a little puppy pick-me-up, here are seven tips for keeping your dog as yap-yap-happy as can be.
Small Gestures to Show You Care
Sure, you feed your dog and rub him behind the ears when you get home from work. But when is the last time you took your dog to the park and let him run around? When did you last engage your dog with a nice bath and brush down?
The fact is, pets have feelings, just like we do. And just like us, any form of affection you show sticks in your dog’s mind; and stays there. It could be a nod from you, a pat behind the ears, or a thorough rubdown every now and again, but these gestures go a long way. The more gestures you give, the more loved your dog will feel.
Let Your Dog Run Free (At Least Occasionally)
Your dog comes from a long line of canines who ran free in the wild, and those genes never actually went away. Your dog has inherited, just like every other dog today, the urges to run and roam free. The problem is that most neighborhoods don’t take kindly to free- roaming dogs.
If you live in a community where your dog is required to remain indoors all day long, your dog will most certainly be affected. You may not even realize why your dog is suddenly so cranky, depressed or even destructive. If only your dog could open his mouth and shout, “I need to go for a good run RIGHT NOW!”
The remedy for keeping your dog joyful (and playful) is to take your FBF into the backyard. Or go for a walk or run around the block. The exercise will do you good, your dog will enjoy being outdoors like his ancestors were used to, and you’ll have on your hands one happy and healthy pet.
Make Time for Play
Apart from playing outdoors, most dogs love to play, period. The more time you schedule for playtime, the more satisfied your dog will feel. I know, you lead an extremely busy lifestyle where every moment is accounted for. Between the kids, housework and your downtime, you don’t have time to play an entire game with your dog. Or do you?
All it takes is three-to-five minutes to throw a ball from one end of the room to the other so your dog can fetch. Get a length of rope and tug-of-war with your dog till you’re both ready to fall over. A minute here, a few minutes there, all of these times add up. Playtime is love time, and your dog will surely enjoy every minute he gets to spend with you.
Regular Vet Visits
Your dog needs regular check-ups just like we do. Your FBF also requires vaccines to keep infections and diseases at bay. A healthy pet is a happy pet, always remember that. If your dog hasn’t been to the vet for some time, call your local pet doctor and schedule an appointment. It never hurts to get your dog examined. Your vet may even be able to offer up a few ‘dog happiness tips’ not found here.
Keep your Dog Groomed
Grooming is a natural part of your dog’s makeup. When your dog starts licking his hind-quarters for hours on end, that's a grooming habit. All that licking and lapping helps to make your dog feel more comfortable.
While self-grooming can help your dog maintain a smooth and shiny coat, a tongue bath does very little to keep ticks and fleas at bay.
Self-grooming also doesn’t smell very good, especially when it’s been months since your dog’s last bath.
To keep your pet smelling good and feeling comfortable, and happy as can be, give your dog a paw in the grooming department. A professional dog groom doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can have immense benefits on your dog’s quality of life.
At Live.Love.Pet! we take things a step further than the typical 'bath and clipper' dog groom. We focus on your dog’s relaxation and total health. With vitamin-and-lavender infused blankets, dim lighting, and a grooming background that resembles the great outdoors your dog loves; your pet will feel like he's suddenly been whisked away to doggy heaven.
A thorough body massage will ensure that your dog is fully relaxed, and a full inspection by one of our certified groomers will check for growths or abnormalities that your vet may have missed. This careful attention is paid to your pet before the grooming process and all the way throughout.
By the end of your dog’s appointment, your FBF will feel like you do when you walk out of the spa – fully relaxed and ready to sing Happy by Pharrell Williams. That’s how your dog will feel, and what a way to show your little furry buddy just how much you care.
To schedule your dog’s Spaw Day appointment, call (808) 734-8282. Or fill out our pre-groom form, and we’ll call you.
Want to keep your dog happy? A professional groom by Live.Love.Pet! is in your buddy’s near future. Mahalo! From all of us at Live.Love.Pet! we can’t wait to meet you and your furry best friend.