The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “[A] state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (weakness).”

How to Improve Your Dog’s Physical Well-being

To keep your dog physically healthy you need to prioritise quite a few things. Fortunately, most of these responsibilities are easy to uphold and will quickly become routine; others only need to happen occasionally.

  • Regular exercise suited to your dog’s needs
  • Effective, routine canine parasite prevention
  • Annual check-ups and veterinary visits when needed
  • Proper hydration (clean water in a clean bowl)
  • A healthy, nutritious diet suited to your dog’s needs
  • Good oral health to prevent gum and tooth diseases
  • Puppy vaccinations followed by annual booster vaccinations
  • Grooming is good for a dog’s coat and doubles as a mini health check

Neutering and spaying help prevent disease and only need to be done once.

How to Improve Your Dog’s Mental Well-being

Mental stimulation relieves boredom and provides stress relief which in turn can help curb unfavourable behaviour. Here are a couple of easy ways to improve your dog’s mental health:

  • Switch up your walk routes
  • Obedience training and tricks
  • Toys with puzzle treat dispensers
  • Exercises and games that stimulate the mind

Remember to offer rewards!

How to Improve Your Dog’s Social and Emotional Well-being

  • Make time to play
  • Don’t leave your dog alone for too long
  • Consult an animal behaviourist if necessary
  • Show your dog love and affection every day
  • Protect your dog from stressful situations, e.g. fireworks shows
  • When going on holiday without them, leave them with worthy caretakers
  • Initial and ongoing socialisation: expose your dog to new sights, sounds, smells and people

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