I’m sure you love your dog–you better. You probably care for their health, feed them, play with them, take them to the park and buy them those dog antler headbands and stockings of treats at Christmas time. But some things you’re doing unknowingly might actually be hurting fluffy’s feelings, paws or internal organs.
Here are some nice things you can do for your dog:
Check Your Dog Food Rating
Dog food is a shady, shady business, and a majority of dog foods are awful. Dogs need straight-up protein. The first three ingredients of your dog food (at least) should be meat. Unfortunately, most food is made of grain fragments leftover from the human food industry, byproducts and unbelievable amounts of fat to make it appealing to your dog. You’d certainly refuse the crazy fillers and byproducts if you saw them in their natural state- did you know some dog food manufacturers put sawdust filler in your puppy’s kibble? Also: horsemeat, meat meal and “digest of chicken byproducts”.
A good rule of thumb is that you should almost certainly get your dog food at a specialty pet store- the food at human grocery stores and even Petco-style stores don’t carry the best. It’s deceiving, because “natural” looking dog food bags often are the worst offenders.
To see if your dog is eating legit food, visit DogFoodAnalysis.com, a site that carefully assesses the content of dog food and lists the ingreds of most brands.
Ratchet is a six-star Wellness CORE-eating muscle machine.
Buy Them Boots and a Coat
It may be annoying to put on when you walk your dog, but if you need a coat to go outside, your little fluffy probably does, too. My dog has a little parka she hated at first, but now she’s totally used to. Think about their little frigid riblets! Also, if you wouldn’t be able to take walking on the cold pavement with your bare feet, they probably shouldn’t, either. If it’s snowy or slushy, you absolutely need little boots for your pup- salted streets are the worst.
Alternatively, if you’re in a warm climate, keep the hot pavement in mind. If your feet would fry on the tar-ey pavement, your puppy’s pads are probably becoming dog bacon.
Give Them A Different Treat
Poor dogs eat only one thing every single day. I bought Ratchet a little Frosty Paws action at Walgreen’s to break up the food monotony in her life. A little mini serving of peanut butter dog ice cream makes her day, I can tell by the way she happily shreds the paper cup it comes in.
Don’t Jip Them In The Petting Department
A scratch behind the ears is as satisfying as a two-second neck massage from your boyfriend. Dog massage can deeply relax your dog, help if they’re old and creaky and helps you bond.
More on massaging your dog here.
Let Them Sniff
Sniffing is a dog’s primary way of taking in the world, similar to how humans take in the world by seeing junk. Apparently, as much as 33% of a dog’s brain is devoted to processing olfactory information. It’s especially important when a dog is feeling threatened or extraordinarily stimulated, like when something tips over or scares them and they immediately approach to sniff it.
So when you’re on a nice, long walk with your beast, keeping them from sniffing because you’re in a hurry is one of the meanest things you can do. It’s like taking a five year-old kid through a souped-up toy and candy expo, showing them a sugar-coated lego and Justin Bieber fortress, then taking them home.
I’ve been taking Ratchet on longer, sniffier strolls and she seems so much more satisfied. I can tell by the way she passes out. Allow an extra five minutes so your dogs can truly enjoy themselves.
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