How to Keep Your Dog Happy

How to Keep Your Dog Happy

How to Keep Your Dog Happy

The simplest way to make sure your dog is happy is to make sure your dog’s needs are met. That being their physical, intellectual and emotional needs. 

Dogs are social creatures and can be at their happiest when in the company of others, even if it’s just hanging out while you’re reading the paper. They also love to be active, and this could include playing fetch or other games or going on walks. Without this social interaction, your dog could become depressed and anxious. While alone, the dog might whine and bark incessantly as it pines for human companionship.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep your dog happy and entertained. Here is a list of 5 tips to keep your dog happy, even when you have to leave them alone. 

Give Your Dog A Challenge

Dogs are intelligent animals that thrive on routines and structures. Training your dog to do tricks or elaborate exercises will challenge them and make them feel useful. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment once they've completed their task, which can reduce anxiety and boredom.

Happy Dog Learns a Trick

Give Your Dog Chewing Toys

Dogs that chew are less likely to bark or whine because they're engaging their mind and body. Chewing releases endorphins and enkephalins - the 'happy' chemicals in the body. It is also a good way for your dog to get rid of pent-up energy and promote their dental care!

Happy Dog with Chewing Toy

Exercise Your Dog

Dogs that are cooped up without exercise can become restless and prone to barking or misbehaving. Taking your dog for a walk every day, even if it's just around the block, will keep them happy and healthy whilst maintaining a healthy digestive and circulatory system. 

Create A Dog Enclosure

If you have to leave your dog alone for extended periods of time, creating a dog enclosure would be the best solution. This will keep your pet safe and give them plenty of room to run around or play fetch. It will also prevent them from getting into trouble while you're away.

Socialise Your Dog

Every dog needs to be socialised in order to become a happy and well-rounded pet. Introducing your dog to new people, dogs and things will give them confidence and it will prevent them from becoming anxious or scared when left alone.

Happy Dogs Socialising

There are many ways you can keep your dog happy and entertained while you're away - take the time to do something special with your pet every day and they'll be happier and healthier. Dogs are so different and they all respond differently to being alone depending on their breed, age, health etc. Try them all and see what works for your dog.

Note: This information is not meant to substitute the advice of a veterinarian. If you suspect your dog may be ill consult with your vet before treating it in the case that it's something more serious.