Owning a dog is a rewarding experience, but as owners, we have to do our part to keep our dogs happy, healthy and in tip-top shape. The good news is, the steps are relatively simple but consistency is key.

Here are our top tips for a happy healthy dog.

A Balanced Diet

Like their humans, a bad diet is very unhealthy for dogs. It leads to weight gain and a whole host of other health problems. Stick to mealtime routines and only feed titbits on very odd occasions. Overfeeding your dog is an easy habit to fall into and not good for your dog. Feeding a natural healthy balanced diet is of utmost importance for your beloved pooch!

Plenty Of Exercise

Dogs love to exercise. Not getting enough activity will not only risk your dog becoming overweight but can lead to unwanted behaviours too. Every breed’s exercise needs are different, so make sure you do your research and see how much yours needs. Working breeds in particular need a lot of exercises.

Mental Stimulation

Keeping your pooch’s brain engaged will keep them mentally stimulated, which is great for a well-adjusted dog. Choose toys that will challenge them or play games that involve them having to think a bit, rather than just run after a ball.

Love and Affection

There’s nothing a dog loves more than being shown love by its owner. Take time out every day to be affectionate with your dog. Not only does it have physical benefits for your dog, but for you too.

Treat For Fleas and Worms Regularly

The last thing you want is any unwelcome visitors in your home in the form of fleas. Regular treatment for fleas and worms is needed to keep your dog healthy. Look for a flea treatment that includes protection from ticks too.

Visit A Vet Every Year

Hopefully, your dog is enjoying a healthy life. It is still a good idea to visit a veterinarian once a year for a check-up. Your vet will be able to spot any problems before they become a bigger issue.

They will also be able to check that the dog is within a healthy weight range and give you advice on any lifestyle changes you might need to make.

Keep Vaccinations Up To Date

Vaccinations are an important part of your dog’s health. There are many contagious and fatal diseases that can be passed from dog to dog. Boosters are needed annually to maintain protection. Remember, not vaccinating your dog could prevent you from using a dog walker, boarding kennel and invalidates your pet insurance.