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Our dogs are more than just furry friends; they’re part of the family. By looking out for your dog’s health and wellness, you can bring more joy to their lives and improve their longevity. Use this simple guide to create a dog wellness plan for your beloved best friend. 

Watch What Your Dogs Eat

Good nutrition is vital for your dog’s health. A balanced doggy diet should include the right mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates for their breed and activity level. Your vet can help you determine the right diet for your pet, and diagnose any dietary needs they may have. 

Keep Your Dogs Groomed

Just like people, grooming and hygiene are important for dogs. Regular brushing, baths and nail trims help prevent skin infections, matting and other health issues. You can groom your dog at home with the right guidance from your vet or at a professional pet spa It’s also important to care for your dog’s teeth. Proper dental hygiene helps prevent gum disease, which over time may impact the heart, liver and kidneys, and shorten their life. 

Give Your Dogs Ample Stimulation

Dogs thrive when they’re given plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Chew toys, puzzle toys and learning new tricks will keep their minds sharp, and help reduce anxiety and boredom. Active playtime with their people and other dogs boosts their happiness and physical health.  If you work outside of the home, consider day care for your dog. Doggy day care not only gives them good exercise but also helps them stay properly socialized. 

Visit the Vet Regularly

You should be bringing your dog for regular checkups at the vet once or twice a year, depending on their age. This allows you to keep your dog up-to-date on vaccinations and catch any health conditions early on. More regular visits may be required depending on their health. Your vet can also provide nail trims and teeth cleaning. 

Help Your Dogs Learn Good Behavior

Whether your dog is old or young, dog training classes are valuable to their overall health and wellness. Not only does training your dog help you bond, but it also helps keep them safe from harmful behaviors. Commands like “drop” and “give” can prevent a curious pup from eating something dangerous, while “sit and stay” can protect them from negative encounters.  The classroom setting is helpful for both dogs and humans. Dogs get socialized, and you get direct instruction and feedback from a trained professional. 

Raise Healthy, Happy Hounds

Folding a simple dog wellness plan into your routine will bring you closer and help them stick around longer, and we’re here to help! Augusta Dog Training provides classes, daycare, in-home training, grooming and more to help promote your dog’s health and wellness.  Ready to sign up? Register today!