Dogs are essentially living, breathing bundles of joy. They bring warmth and energy to everything they encounter, and they barely ask for anything in return. There's a lot to be said for the utility of owning a pooch, but there's even more to be said about what we as dog lovers can do to help make sure our pups are as happy as they make us. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your pup is always smiling ear to ear.
1. Add some structure to your pup's day by scheduling walks and play time. Just like humans, dogs tend to respond well to having consistency in their day. Whether it's making sure to feed your dog at the same time each day or take him for a walk every morning, adding structure to your dog's day will help them maintain a positive state of mind and overall happiness.
2. Teach your dog some new tricks. Anyone who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks has never put forward the effort! Teaching a dog a new trick is an amazing way to not only bond with your dog, but to stimulate your dog's brain and keep him sharp of mind. Spending even 5 minutes a day working on a trick with your puppito is enough to slowly start to build out a new skill (rolling over, shaking hands, setting up a Christmas tree, etc).
3. Make your daily grooming regimen a fun time! By making daily grooming an experience your dog can enjoy - feeding him treats throughout the process and never skimping on belly rubs - your dog will begin to enjoy getting his fur brushed more than he likes going on a walk!
4. Give your dog a toy they actually enjoy. Like a food puzzle! Stimulating toys like food puzzles are an ideal way to keep your dog occupied physically and mentally. They're also a great way to help your dog release some of that pent up energy when they get the zoomies at 11 o'clock at night.
5. Organize all of the playdates. It's important to schedule playtime for your dog into his day. This doesn't necessarily mean taking him to a park for an hour everyday, but even 15 minutes of playtime at a park or a dog-friendly cafe is enough to keep your precious puppitino socially satiated. Not to mention he might make a new friend!