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October Is Pet Wellness Month: Celebrate With These Tips To Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy

All pawrents want to see their furry pals live a long, healthy, and happy life. In addition to the numerous festivities we enjoy during the fall, the month of October is also dedicated to pet wellness. Every year, the #NationalPetWellnessMonth brings along an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of routine wellness checkups and making healthier lifestyle choices for your precious pupper.

At theDogHood, our mission is to make pet ownership fun and easier while promoting the wellbeing of pups. From comprehensive training guides and informative blogs, exclusive Facebook live sessions, and web series to tips for socializing your dog and raising different dog breeds responsibly, our platform has helped numerous pawrents raise healthier, happier doggos responsibly. Our dedicated puppy guru believes there’s no better way to celebrate dogs than making pawsitive choices that can help them thrive and live longer with increased vitality.

Here are a few tips for celebrating National Pet Wellness Month in full swing while ensuring your pup remains healthy and happy for life.

Nutritious Dog Treats

Table scraps and fatty dog treats might be tempting, but they can lead to nutritional deficiencies and obesity. Pawrents should be mindful of how they’re rewarding their doggos. While dog treats are great for rewarding and dog training, either use them only for special occasions or switch to healthier treats. Try incorporating fresh, dog-friendly vegetables and fruits into their diets. Some great options include apples, strawberries, pumpkins, cucumbers, green beans, carrots, and so on. These are packed with essential nutrients such as fiber, iron, calcium, beta-carotene, minerals, and vitamins.

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Routinely Grooming

Regular grooming and pampering sessions of the pupper not only help them look clean and fresh but also provide a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with all aspects of the dog. If they have a painful tooth or a cracked nail, you can recognize the problem easily before it escalates. Be sure to groom your pup’s teeth, nails, and fur. Trimming their nails regularly can help prevent injuries when they touch the ground while standing while brushing the doggo’s teeth daily can keep them free from oral infections. Bathing and brushing the dog routinely will allow you to notice any cuts, allergies, or irritation below the fur that might need attention. Every dog breed requires different grooming schedules and techniques, so be sure to learn about their unique needs to ensure overall wellness.

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Socialization And Exercise

Regular exercise is incredibly important for all doggos, regardless of breed, age, temperament, or size. While these things differ for every individual doggo, a friendly game of fetch, regular walks, swimming, hiking, and obstacle courses are excellent for all puppers. A consistent exercise routine will keep their energy high, their heart beating strongly, and their blood pressure and circulation optimal for years to come. It helps build a strong bond while helping bored dogs get proper mental and physical stimulation.

However, doggos are social creatures who crave to be around other doggos. If you’ve struggled to socialize your dog during the pandemic, schedule playdates with fellow pawrents in your neighborhood by using theDogHood App. Once you download theDogHood App on your smartphone and enter your zip code, it’ll plug you into a warm, caring, and welcoming community of dog lovers. You can find local DogHood hubs in your neighborhood and beyond, ask questions, create or discover dog-friendly events, and share cute videos and pictures of your doggo in the PAWFEED.

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Stroking, walking, playing together, talking, cuddling, and spending quality time while giving affection to your pupper can help boost your canine’s overall wellness. If you’re looking for more tips to make healthy changes for your pup, head on to theDogHood platform.

Pawrents can find exclusive dog training tips and tricks, and puppy training guides by experienced dog gurus, and seek advice from professional dog trainers and dog behavioral specialists across the globe. They can also join theDogHood community to check out our informative blogs or watch our Facebook live sessions and web series to learn about dog training. Additionally, you can read heartwarming stories of dogs or share your dog’s story with dog lovers on the dedicated Hoomans of theDogHood platform.

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