4 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Dog Happy

By Shannon Gurnee
In Pets
July 15, 2021
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Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about 4 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Dog Happy.

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The saying goes that a dog is a human’s best friend, and there’s ample reason to suggest that’s true. Dogs are definitely pack animals, and they enjoy being with their owners. The way their faces light up when you come home from work can make you forget all about that bad day you had.

As a dog’s owner, there are things you can do to keep them content so they’re healthy and have the best life quality possible. It’s up to you to care for the animal, and you should take that responsibility seriously.

Let’s talk about four of the best things you can do for your dog to make sure they stay healthy and happy.

You Can Take Them to Daycare

Maybe you work outside the home, or perhaps you’re working remotely now like so many other people. Either way, you can’t devote your whole day to your dog. You need to work, either from home or some other location.

Your dog is going to get bored if they have to stay cooped up at home all day, and they’re not getting any exercise. You might come home from work to walk them, but that may not be the best solution for you or your pet.

You can set up a couple of daycare days each week when your dog can go and make some new friends. In virtually any city, you will find a doggy daycare facility where your pooch can blow off some steam.

Make sure the daycare facility is close enough to your home so you can easily drop the dog off and pick them up. If your dog’s daycare facility is many miles away, and you have to fight heavy rush hour traffic to get there, you’ll need to locate a different one. You don’t want to cause a car wreck while picking your dog up, or you’ll need to hire an accident attorney, and nobody wants that.

You Can Take Them to a Groomer Once Per Month

You’ll also want to bathe your dog about once every month. With some breeds, you might have to do it more often if they have heavy coats that need a lot of brushing to keep the tangles out.

You can groom and bathe your dog yourself, or else you can pay a professional to do it. Bathing and grooming your dog are time-consuming, so you may feel like it’s worth it to have a pro do it.

A groomer might charge anywhere from $50-100 to groom your dog, in most instances. You’ll have to consider whether you want to pay that money or struggle with a wet dog in your bathtub at home instead.

You Can Clip Their Nails

Clipping a dog’s nails is another thing you need to do for them. If a dog’s nails get too long, that can be uncomfortable for them.

It’s just the same as with grooming the animal. You can either cut them yourself, or else you can pay a professional to do it as part of their grooming regimen.

You might feel like clipping a dog’s nails is easy, and you should be able to do it with no issues. You may find that’s it’s trickier than you imagined, though.

Dogs have what vets call “the quick,” the sensitive part of their nails closer to their bodies. If you clip their nails too closely, you might injure them by cutting into the quick. This is why many owners prefer to have a professional do it instead.

You Can Walk Them Regularly

Even if you take your dog to daycare a couple of times per week so they can play with the other dogs and acclimate themselves to canine interactions, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to walk them as well. On the contrary: on days when you don’t take the dog to daycare, you should walk them at least once, but preferably twice.

Dogs need exercise, and if they don’t get it, that makes them bored. They might seem listless and depressed if you don’t make an effort to tire them out.

You’ll need to judge, though, when you should walk the dog and when it’s not safe to do so. If the temperature drops too low in the winter, it’s not safe to walk the animal. It’s the same in the summer if the weather gets so hot that it can burn the dog’s paws when it walks on the sidewalk.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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