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10 Healthy Habits For Your New Dog

Adding a new dog to your home is an exciting time for everyone involved, including the dog. As much fun as it is to spoil your new furry friend, it’s also important to start forming some healthy habits right away. This is a list of 10 habits you should work on establishing for your new pet that can help both of you to live a healthier lifestyle.

1. Set a strict feeding schedule

Setting a feeding schedule will not only help you remember to feed your new friend, but it will also help you keep track of how much they are eating. My dog eats one and a fourth cups of dry food spread over three meals each day.

2. Don’t share food

I swore I wouldn’t feed my dog table food when we first brought her home. It wasn’t long before I ditched that plan, and my dog suffered for it. She was extremely obese, and she also suffered other medical issues. Make a habit of tell your dog no, and he/she will be healthier for it.

3. Always walk your dog on a leash

This is one very important habit to form. Not only will it help keep your dog close to you, and therefore safe from oncoming vehicles and other threats, but in most states it’s actually against the law to walk your dog off the leash.

4. Start a regular walking routine

Establishing a regular walking routine will benefit you and your dog in a couple of ways. First, taking walks is a must if you hope to potty train your dog. Second, walking the dog is a great form of exercise for you and your pet.

5. Teach your dog basic commands

Teaching your dog to come, sit, and stay is important for their health and safety. You should be able to tell your dog to sit and stay when you open the door and not have to worry about them bolting out. Also, if your dog should happen to be away from you without a leash you should be able to call him/her back easily. Without these commands your dog could get hit by a car, get lost or stolen, or be in a fight with strange dogs.

6. Start routine health maintenance right away

The week we brought our puppy home I started to set her health maintenance routine. That included having her nails clipped, ears cleaned, teeth checked, and a bath once a week. I wanted it to be second nature for her and a habit for me. Continuing that care throughout her life has helped me keep her healthy.

7. Work your dog’s mind

Working out your dog’s mind is as important as working out its body. I like to play food related games with my dog to get her thinking. For example, I placed a piece of food in my palm and each time she touched my hand with her nose I simply said “target” and gave her the treat. Once I could get her to touch something with her nose using the command “target,” I began putting the food under one of three cups then asking her to “target” the food. This game is fun for her, and it makes her think.

8. Get active with high-energy games

All dogs need exercise even though the amount needed depends on the breed. Make it a habit to take the time to play high-energy games like fetch and Frisbee, or to even do dog agility. It will not only help keep your dog fit, but it’s good for your health too.

9. Go hiking, biking, or just for a slow walk in the park

Going for a bike ride or taking a hike through the local forest is a great way to exercise your dog and yourself. According to the Mayo Clinic[1], one hour of hiking burns 438 calories for a human weighing 160 pounds. So, while your dog is getting exercise and exploring a new area, you are also getting fit.

10. Take time to relax and enjoy your new friend

This is perhaps the best habit of all. Everyone needs time to sit around and unwind, and what better way to do that than with your dog? Giving my dog 20 minutes of cuddle time not only gives me time to decompress from a busy day, but also helps secure our bond.

Establishing healthy habits for your dog will help keep them healthy, and it can also improve your health as well.

Content by Threesia Goff[2].

References

  1. ^ Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com)
  2. ^ Threesia Goff (contributor.yahoo.com)

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

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      • HealthNut
      • February 11, 2013
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      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

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    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

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      • HealthNut
      • February 11, 2013
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      Healthy lifestyle…involves eating right, exercing, and relationships you have with others. Also if you live in a clean environment…messy=germs=sickness…and to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to frequenlty eat right, do some sort of physical activity, be nice to others (stress is bad for health), and keep a clean home

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    • Coco
    • February 11, 2013
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    Is Dairy An Important Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle? I consume 3 servings of dairy in the first half of my day, and none later on. Is dairy important to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

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      • HealthNut
      • February 11, 2013
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      Calcium, not dairy specifically, is what’s important to a healthy lifestyle. Many other things have calcium like broccoli, nuts, fish, water, etc. The amounts are smaller though so you’d have to consume a lot more of them to get the calcium that you need, which is why people find it easier to get it through dairy. Our bodies don’t actually absorb all the calcium from dairy products very well because of the fat in them; that is why “western” societies actually have the highest rates of osteoperosis, where countries that don’t consume dairy products at all but get calcium from other sources, actually have stronger bones and very low rates of this disease.

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