Our dogs are our family, and we always want to make sure that they have everything they need. Fundamental things like food, water, and shelter are a given, but what else is necessary to make our dogs’ lives the best they can be?
Below are 9 things that our dogs need from us the most. Luckily, they bring so much to our lives, we enjoy keeping them happy and healthy!
1. Undivided Attention (at least some of the time)
Our lives are crazy busy, and as much as we’d love to, we can’t give our dogs our full attention all the time. However, it’s important to dedicate some time every day where our dogs have our undivided attention; no phones, no distractions, just quality time with your pup.
We love to spoil our dogs, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t need some rules. In fact, having boundaries helps ease their stress. If they know how to behave in certain situations and can anticipate how you’ll react, they won’t be anxious by not knowing what to expect. It’s also important to stay consistent. For instance, don’t let your pup on the couch one day and kick him off the next – it’ll only lead to stress and confusion.
Like boundaries, routine helps dogs feel safe. When they can expect consistent feeding, walking, and sleeping times, they know when and where their resources will be found and their needs will be met.
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