As a dog owner, you have an impact on the lifespan of your four-legged friend that should not be underestimated. When you consider these seven factors, there is a high chance that your dog will not only stay with you longer, but also longer.
It should go without saying that exercise in the fresh air is also good for our four-legged friends. Daily exercise is essential so that the musculoskeletal system and all of its joints remain fit and the dog’s coordination is trained. It is important that the outdoor area is adapted to the age, breed and also the state of health of the dog.
The right food extends the life of your four-legged friend. The quality of the food is not the only decisive factor: you should give your dog a balanced and varied diet. Also make sure that the dog does not overeat and stick to fixed feeding times. An appropriate diet, together with appropriate exercise, counteracts obesity and thus keeps your loyal friend healthy.
Small exercises, such as new strolls, can help keep the dog’s head on the go in the long run. With search games, retrieval exercises or agility training, you can promote your dog’s mental fitness even more. Even if breed-typical characteristics should be taken into account when choosing a job, it can’t hurt to try something new.
Playing keeps you young and fit. (c) shutterstock.com/InesBazdar
Nevertheless, you should definitely give your dog a break from time to time. Your four-legged friend has to rest for around 15 hours a day. Of course, old and young dogs need to sleep much more. Additional rest phases, in which the animal does not necessarily sleep, are also important for recovery. So your dog has enough energy and stays healthy.
Social interactions are very important to the dog. Cuddling times and a lot of attention must therefore be invested in their pet so that it can stay happy for a long time. The contact to conspecifics must also be. Through many stress-free encounters, your dog will acquire a high level of social competence. The satisfaction this creates creates a long and happy dog life.
Poor dental hygiene in dogs is a very serious problem. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, tartar and gingivitis are dangerous as they can affect the overall health of the animal. You can prevent these diseases with chew toys, regular checkups and also by brushing your dog’s teeth.
Dental hygiene is important. (c) shutterstock.com/AfricaStudio
Having your dog checked over and over again doesn’t hurt. This way, possible diseases can be recognized early. In addition, the vet may recognize something that the dog owner would miss. Certain tasks should only be done by professionals, such as cleaning ears. In order not to injure your four-legged friend, you should hand over such tasks to the veterinarian.