We have our families, our friends and our jobs to keep us distracted and our lives full. Our dogs have us. There isn't a better picture of loyalty and companionship than your dog. They're always there to greet you with tail wags and wet kisses. "Glad you're home!" Honestly, though, some of this is out of necessity. They've some to rely on us to feed and water them, and to watch over them. But there's one thing we may be missing: physical and mental stimulation.
Like so many of us who run, practice yoga and hit that gym, we know the value of exercise. Dogs come equipped with serious muscles that crave a good romp or run. For those of us that take our dogs running or to doggy daycare, we know that a tired dog is a happy dog! Now that cooler temps are upon us, make a play date with a friend that has a canine buddy and let your dog romp. Hit the dog park and who knows, maybe you'll meet a special someone there. Isn't that the premise of a ton of romantic comedies?
Dogs are smart creatures that need to use their brains. Hide some treats around the house and help him find them, or teach him a new trick. I work at a vet clinic where I hear almost daily, "My dog ate my (insert inappropriate yet chewable object here) because he's mad at me." Dogs really aren't that complicated. They don't get mad if you bring home the wrong food or go shopping with your sister for the afternoon. It's pretty simple, really. Frustration + boredom = dog makes his own fun. Sadly, our suede boots sometimes pay the price for a frustrated, bored dog.
Dogs really just want everything to be okay. What better way to show them you love and appreciate them than by spending time with them? Grab your leash and go for a walk. Your dog and your suede boots will thank you!