It’s time to get moving and enjoy nature with your best friend! Your dog looks up to you for everything and, in order to live life to the fullest with them, you have to make sure they are healthy and happy. Put together a routine that will keep them engaged so that they’ll be even more excited to spend time with you. Follow these five guidelines to keep your dog in great shape!
1. A Balanced, Nutritious Diet
Provide them with a diet that closely mimics their natural eating habits in the wild, like our raw food formulas. Primal Formulas are made up of high-quality protein that provides the essential amino acids, fatty acids, active enzymes, and calcium necessary to support the overall health of your dog. If you’re interested in adding raw food to your pet's diet, check out our transitioning guidelines to help you make a safe and healthy switch.
2. Interactive Play & Daily Training
Introduce stimulating new toys to them, and get rid of old toys as they wear out. A puzzle ball that holds treats is a great way to keep them busy while you are out of the house. Maintain a daily training routine to keep commands fresh in their mind and give them tasks that keep them active mentally, such as retrieving or problem solving. The repetition of commands creates a strong bond with your dog, builds positive behavioral traits, and fosters clear communication.
3. Socialization With Other Dogs
Boost your pup’s social skills with play dates, dog park visits, and walks around the neighborhood. Dogs develop better coping skills when they are more socialized, which builds trust and makes your connection stronger. If they have more opportunities to socialize, they will be less likely to get out of control around other animals. Dogs are very social animals that need emotional stimulation from other dogs in order to thrive.
4. Annual Vet Visits
Schedule regular vet visits to ensure that your pup is up to date on all vaccines, boosters, and physical exams. The veterinarian may recognize subtle symptoms that could represent more serious issues, but a quick checkup can give you peace of mind that your furry friend is in tip-top shape. Talk to your vet about the best care plan for your dog. Looking for a vet who supports feeding raw food? Use our vet locator to find one near you!
5. Get Outside & Exercise
Watch your dog blossom with joy as they enjoy the outdoors with you and explore the world around them. Before embarking on your next adventure, check to see how much activity their breed needs each day. If you have a particularly active breed, consider incorporating more vigorous exercise into their routine. It’s also important to be mindful of the climate you live in. In a hot climate, pay close attention to your dog’s hydration levels, and in a colder climate, introduce a few stimulating indoor activities for when you’re snowed in.
Whether you are trying to get your dog in better shape or just prolong their life, exercise is key.
Follow these health tips to help your pup live their life to the fullest.