Happy Dogs VS Sad Dogs
The necessities of a particular dog's happiness depend a great deal on its breed or type, its age and its health state. In general terms, a well fed dog that exercises everyday, visits the veterinary regularly to verify its good physical condition and has good social relations can live happily for many years. Let me tell you how to keep a happy dog.
The type of food and the appropriate time to provide it depends on you, but you should always adapt the nutritional necessities of dogs in general to the specific case of your dog.
The type of diet is important and should be carefully chosen. Dogs normally prefer eating twice a day instead of once. In this way its digestive system can work more efficiently and you will also avoid the fluctuations of sugar levels in the blood. The sudden sugar ups and downs provoke sudden changes of mood.
Make sure that the animal will always have clean and fresh water available.
Exercise is an important factor on the dog's quality of life. Adult dogs need to burn energy to avoid overweight. Besides that, if you deprive a dog from its opportunities to exercise its body and its mind, then it will probably analyze the excess of energy through undesired conducts. It is normal enough with two walks per day, when talking about adult dogs, but the duration of the walk will vary from one breed to the other and also with age.
If you take your dog to different places so it can see and hear different things, then your dog will feel more motivated and secure. And if you don't make it a routine activity, then both, you and your dog will benefit from it.
Dog's PERSONAL HYGIENE
Dogs are usually clean by nature and many of them clean themselves in a very neat way. However, some of them can't keep themselves as clean as the nature has foreseen them to be and they need our help. Almost all dogs like to roll on the floor and their coats get dirty and smelly, so you have to groom them or shower them frequently.
When many dogs live together, they normally clean each other. The grooming sessions and the periodic explorations would fulfill a social function between you and your dog.
COMPLETE Dog's EXAMINATION
Your dog should let you explore every centimeter of its body, including the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the paws and the genital area in order to detect any suspicious change or injury. It is essential to teach your dog to be quiet while being examined and you will only get that by being kind and sweet and using rewards.
Begin examining both eyes with the dog standing in front of you, to check if they are red or swollen.
Then explore the ears, softly raising each ear and carefully look inside the audio conduct to check if it is obstructed.
- After that check the mouth: raise the lips, one side of the snout first and then the other to see if there is plaque on the teeth. Then open the mouth very gently and examine the tongue, palate and throat.
- Next, examine the neck and the shoulder blade. Touch every centimeter of the skin and coat to find out if it hurts or disturbs the dog in any place or if there is any swelling.
- Go down gently to the paws, raise the front paws to check the length of the nails and get them back carefully to make sure they are not hurt or cracked. Place one of your fingers in each of the dog's fingers to see if it has any strange object stuck in it.
- Go back to the shoulder blade and pass your hands through the spinal cord heading the hip and from there to the abdominal cavity.
- Touch both rear paws from up to down and then examine the paws as you did with the front ones.
- Finally, caress your dog from the head to the tip of the tail. Grab the tail and hold it firmly but gently from the base and take it out of the anal region trying to detect any sign of internal parasites. Next, pass the other hand in the direction of the stomach and touch the belly and if the dog is a male, touch the genital area also.
- Congratulate and reward your dog for remaining quiet for such a long time and showing patience during the exploration.