Guest post by contributor Amber Kingsley
You love your pets, but it can be hard to keep them happy all of the time. This is especially true of dogs, who can quickly become restless and excited. If you don’t provide healthy outlets for this energy, it can easily turn into distress. In order to avoid this, it’s best to have a few strategies you can rely on to keep your dog happy. We’ll take a look at some of the easiest things you can do to better ensure stress doesn’t affect your furry friends.
Have the right supplies for Snack Time
Ever opened up the kitchen cupboard when you’re feeling a bit hungry and noticed that there’s nothing good to eat? It’s not a fun feeling, even for humans. That being said, we can generally move on from hunger pangs to focus on more important things. For your dog, there’s almost nothing more important than good food, and when it’s not around, it can have a noticeable impact on their mood
Try to keep a well stocked inventory of quality dog treats on hand at all times, so that when your precious pup is well behaved, you can offer him or her a quality reward. There are lots of other ways to treat your pets nicely, but food usually comes first.
Get into Playtime—anywhere
A lot of pet owners don’t incorporate playtime into their schedule as often as they should because they don’t feel like going to the park. You don’t have to spend every free moment with your pet outside though. Yes, taking your dog out to the park a few times a week is great, but it’s more important that they stay active on a regular basis while in the house—especially for high-energy breeds like Jack Russell Terriers and pit bulls. You can play plenty of games with your dog without even leaving your apartment, including hide and seek and fetch.
Take time to be together
Pets of almost every kind make loyal companions, and when left to their own devices they can become very restless. That’s why it’s ideal that whatever you’re doing with your pet, you’re fully present and invested in the activity. From feeding to playing to going on walks, the most important thing is to let them know you’re there for them. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be better able to help your dog stay healthy and content.
Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.