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Enjoy your dog

Enjoy your dog

Regardless of what kind of dog you have – big, little, smooth haired, shaggy, fast, slow, playful or dignified – dogs make wonderful companions. Enjoy him and remember he needs plenty of love, attention, and petting to be happy!

Scratch your dog’s belly often!

Set aside time each day for play sessions. Apart from the obvious benefit of having fun together, play also provides an outlet for your dog’s energy.

Take your dog on frequent walks. He will enjoy exploring the neighborhood and will benefit from the exercise. Make sure that you have a good strong leash and that you maintain control of him at all times.

Talk to your dog – he might understand all of your words, but he will enjoy the sound of your voice. Talking to your dog will make him feel involved.

Your dog will always appreciate a treat, and treats can be used as a supplement to his regular diet, as well as an excellent training aid.

Your dog will love you no matter what. Return the favor.

Keep your dog entertained by rotating his toys. Put old toys out of sight for a month or two and then bring them out again – your dog will enjoy them just as much as when they were new.

Always remember you are the center of your dog’s world. Pet him, talk to him, play with him, and laugh with him. Let your dog know you value his company even when you’re tired after a long day at work. He’s spent the day anxiously awaiting your return. Reward that loyalty with your time. Let your dog know you value his company.

Try leaving the radio or television on when you leave your dog alone. The noise will keep him company.

Include your dog in family activities. Take him to the park or on outings to the beach, or to special activities. Your dog will love being out and about with you. A socialized dog is a happy dog!

Dogs love to be petted, and gives you time to be close and bond with him. It will also relax you.

Your dog’s tail is a barometer of his emotions. Do what you can to keep it happily wagging.

Dogs can add another element of fun to a family vacation. Check ahead for lodging that accepts dogs. If flying, ask about travel accommodations for your dog when you make your reservations.

Your dog will want to be with you at all times, however for most people that isn’t possible. Help your dog get used to being alone. Leave him each day with a minimum of fuss. When you come home just greet him calmly. This will teach him that your leaving is not something to be concerned about.

Give your dog a kiss, and see how many you get in return. Smile at your dog!

Dogs are pack animals by nature and generally enjoy the company of other dogs. Your dog may benefit greatly from having a companion to play with. Be as conscientious about getting a second or third dog as you were about getting the first – multiple dog ownership isn’t for everyone, and some dogs do better as an only dog.

You aren’t a dog owner just at Christmas, on the weekends, in the afternoon, or when you have spare time. You aren’t a dog owner just when the dog is behaving, when he’s a cute furry puppy, or when he’s winning awards. When you bring a dog into your family, that dog is yours for life. Your dog’s life depends on you.

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