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Happy Dogs Only! 3 Ways To Make Life Better For Your Pup.

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Dogs are more than just pets; they are family, bringing joy and unconditional love into our lives. To some pet owners, their dogs are their everything. But to all dogs, you are their everything! As responsible dog owners, it is our duty to ensure that our four-legged friends are happy and fulfilled.

A happy dog is not only healthy physically but also emotionally. When a dog is happy, they radiate positive energy, which can have a profound impact on our well-being. 

Because let’s face it, when you see an outrageously happy dog, you can’t help but smile!

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Marina Somma

1. Spend A Few Minutes Of Uninterrupted Quality Time Together.

In our busy lives, it can be easy to overlook the simple pleasures of spending quality time with our dogs. It can also be easy to accidentally allow yourself to be distracted by something else while you’re petting your dog or taking them for a walk — whether that’s a TV show or a notification on your phone. 

Dogs are social animals who crave companionship and human interaction. You can make sure they stay happy by setting aside five minutes once or twice per day to stop and dedicate all of your attention to them. 

Put away distractions such as phones or laptops and focus solely on your pup. Just spend some time petting them, scratching their back, talking to them, and otherwise giving them your undivided attention.  

By doing so, you are not only nourishing your dog’s happiness but also creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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Marina Somma

2. Create A Daily Mental Stimulation Goal

Just like humans, dogs need mental stimulation to keep their minds sharp and active. Boredom can lead to destructive behaviors and overall lower mental health. To prevent this, you can start by setting a simple and achievable daily mental stimulation goal for your dog. 

One effective way to provide mental stimulation is through puzzle toys. These toys are designed to hide treats and require your dog to solve a puzzle in order to access the food. Not only does this stimulate their brain, but it also taps into their natural instincts to forage and problem-solve. 

An easy first goal is to simply provide one of your dog’s meals in some type of puzzle or work-to-eat toy. You feed your dog on a daily basis anyway, this can give you a quick and simple way to increase their mental stimulation and have a happy dog! If you do well with this, you can add other goals and activities!

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Marina Somma

3. Play Engaging Games With Your Pup.

This step provides a perfect balance of the previous two, adding up to a happy dog! Not all mentally stimulating activity needs to directly involve you, but you should make a goal of having your dog spend some high-quality mentally stimulating time with you at least a few times per week.

Playtime is not just fun for dogs; it is an essential part of their overall well-being. Choose games that your dog enjoys and that cater to their specific interests. It could be a game of fetch, hide-and-seek, hide-the-treat, or even a simple game of tug-of-war. The key is to make playtime interactive and enjoyable for both you and your furry friend. 

If you have the time, make this a daily goal in addition to your daily mental stimulation and daily one-on-one interaction as well.  

dog plays hide the treat
Marina Somma — Hide The Treat Game

As dog owners, we have the power to make a significant impact on our furry friend’s happiness. You are the entire world to your dog, and it’s your job to make sure they feel loved and happy.

Remember, a happy dog is a healthy dog. So, let’s prioritize the happiness of our furry friends and create a life filled with joy, love, and wagging tails. 

Marina Somma is the source of this story’s featured image.

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