As a dog parent, you feed, bathe, buy them great new toys, let them sleep in your bed, and more, but meeting their basic needs may not always be enough to keep them happy and healthy. Your dog adds endless excitement, entertainment, and joy to your life, and it is time to return the favor. To some, dogs are just animals, but to many, they’re our babies and best friends. Try a few of these unique ways to add joy to your dog’s life to make the most of their time with you.
Bring Them Along for Errands
Unless you work from home, you probably leave your pup alone all day when you go to work. While there’s nothing wrong with this, they miss you when you’re away. With that said, you should consider bringing them along for errands when possible. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take them everywhere you go, but several stores allow pets to come in and shop with their owners.
If you need to go to the pet store to pick up something for them, they’ll enjoy coming with you to meet new people and pick out a new toy. This is also a great way to get them used to riding in the car and prepared for longer trips.
Feed Them Something Tasty
Unlike you, your pup most likely eats the same thing every day. While this is a common practice for many dog owners, switching their diet is okay. Adding fresh, healthy foods to their regular diet is an excellent way to add more textures and flavors to their palate and make them happy. Although you should never feed them anything unsafe for dogs, here are a few things to consider adding to their bowl:
- Mashed pumpkin
- Scrambled eggs
- Fresh turkey
- Green beans
As with any treat, give your dog these special foods in moderation and check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about their diet.
Actively Play With Them Daily
It’s no secret that dogs require exercise and playtime, but putting their active time on the back burner is easy when you have other things to do. While most dogs will play alone when they want to, it doesn’t compare to playing with you.
You can make your pup extremely happy by setting aside 10-20 minutes of your day to actively play with them. Whether you go for a walk, play fetch, or just run around in the yard together, they’ll benefit from the extra mental and physical stimulation, and you’ll benefit from the exercise. If you’re unsure what to do, keep a few great activities you can do with your dog in your back pocket for a fun day.
Let Them Chew
Dogs are likely to chew things they shouldn’t, but you can prevent this by letting them chew on an appropriate toy or bone. By choosing a durable chew toy, you can let them chew without worrying about them destroying it instantly or choosing your favorite shoes instead. They need to chew, and you should let them.
By using these unique ways to add joy to your dog’s life, they’ll be thrilled to know how much you love them. Your pup is a significant part of your family, and you should treat them as such—do something fun together today.