Leading a healthy lifestyle is becoming a popular mindset for a lot of people. Getting family and friends involved helps to build support networks when keeping on track and making changes in your life. But this year has shown that there are factors in the world which can prevent us from seeing our family and friends and spending time with them. If you are a dog owner and live alone, we are certain that they have been your lifeline throughout the various lockdowns. So, what is to say that you cannot get your beloved furry friend involved in your journey toward a healthy lifestyle?
If you are beginning to consider making changes to yours and your puppy’s life to make it a healthier one, you are in the right place. Below is a list of ideas to consider following in order to help your dog be healthy and stay happy!
The first and most obvious thing to consider when changing to a healthier lifestyle; what food options are you going to change, or even cut out entirely. An argument as old as time itself supports the idea that cutting out processed food and meat from your diet will not only lead to a number of improved health conditions, but will also help decrease your carbon emissions, something I’m sure we all want to do. Eating more fresh and raw foods will provide you with a plethora of nutrients, which is good for your body and good for the environment.
The same, however, can be said for your puppy. While most food choices out there are formed of processed meat, there are several companies who have begun producing raw dog food for puppies. This food is packed full of the vitamins and nutrients that your pup requires for growing big and strong and is easy on the digestive system also. As the food is easy on the digestive tract and easier to digest, your puppy is sure to be absorbing as much of the nutrients as possible. Bella and Duke are an example of one of these companies who are paving the way toward raw dog food, rather than processed. With you and your pup consuming less processed carbohydrates, you are both well on your way to feeling healthy and in tip-top shape, with plenty of positive side effects for your pup: including a glossy coat, boosted immune system and improved energy levels. When you first start out you might have a few questions about which foods are safe for your dog to eat, for example can dogs eat green peppers? It’s worth doing your research, as there are certain foods that are harmful to dogs, such as grapes, raisins and chocolate. Speak to your vet to get their advice before trying any new food.
Getting a good amount of exercise per week is paramount to leading a healthy lifestyle, and the same applies for your beloved pup too! As they grow and make their way through the important developmental stages, they gain more and more energy, so will as a result, need more exercise. A four-month-old puppy requires approximately 20 minutes of exercise once or twice a day; this schedule would fit in well if you were to go for two jogs a day, you could take them with you (although remember to check with your vet first). Not only will you be working out and getting fitter, but your puppy will also be burning off some of that energy and staying active. Perfect for you both leading a healthy lifestyle. You never know, you might bump into other pups on your outings, a great way of getting your puppy social interactions!
Important for most things in life but ensuring that you get yourself and your puppy into a routine when leading a healthy lifestyle is important. Creating a routine for a healthy lifestyle will make things a lot easier for sticking to this new journey of health. Not only that, but your puppy is relying on you to keep up this routine, dogs are a creature of habit and will learn their daily routines with ease. Ensuring that you stick to the routine you have created will make raising your puppy a lot easier and get you well on your way to leading a healthy lifestyle. Routines contribute towards your puppy’s daily structure and their confidence, which is what is most important, of course. Furthermore, having a routine when going through potty training with your pup will make this task a lot easier!
Vitamins And Supplements
These are important for pups just as much as they are for humans. As humans, we take supplements and vitamins to boost parts of our immune system which might be lacking; particularly in the winter, we should be consuming vitamin D supplements to counteract the decreasing sunlight that we receive. Several businesses out there provide an excellent range of vitamins and supplements for puppies and dogs, tailored to their growth and development. A veterinarian will be able to help you decide which supplements to get for your puppy, especially if they are lacking in a specific nutrient. The easiest part is out the way, and you are now faced with the often-monumental task of getting your pup to take the supplement. For a lot of people, the easiest way is to hide it amongst their food, or within their favorite foodie treat. Good luck with that!