Fitness for Fun
The Physical - Let's Eat Right
Good for us, good for them. A lot of the healthy foods we've made part of our regular regimens have the same or similar benefits for our dogs, too. Antioxidants, probiotics, superfoods, and other healthy heavy hitters can help your pet reach his optimum levels. Similarly, the myths that science has debunked about things we once viewed as unhealthy can be equally untrue for our animals. For some ideas about what foods will improve your pooch, check out Human Diet Trends That Are Also Good for Pets. You'll also definitely want to know about 6 Vegetables to Look for on the Dog Food Label; maybe you can plant some of them in that spring garden we discussed! (See more about gardening with your dogs further along in this month's post.) As for the foods we once feared, you may want to Forget Everything You Know About Fat in Foods. Just as we now know some fats are essential for our good health, the same is true for dogs. Whatever foods you're feeding your furry best friend, don't forget her teeth need frequent brushing too. If you've been afraid to try, or just avoiding it altogether, these Top 10 Tips for Brushing Your Dog's Teeth may help you get into this essential habit.
The Mental - Get Confident
Physical health is essential if we want to fully engage in fun activities, and if we want to get fit. Equally important for our well-being, and that of our pets, is our mental health and self-confidence. Dogs are not so different from us when it comes to what they need to keep them emotionally and mentally strong and healthy. One of the biggest keys to the mental stability of your pawed pal is early socialization, and lots of it. According to veterinarian Lisa Radosta, "The door for socialization closes at 16 weeks." Read her article to see why it's so important to Socialize Your Dog Before It's Too Late. If you have a dog that you suspect wasn't adequately socialized, or if he suffers from some other persistent fear, you'll want to check out some of the Best Ways to Cure A Fearful Dog. It's not as difficult as you might think, with a little patience and a lot of love (and treats). The way you interact with your dog on a daily basis is a crucial component of her mental health, too. This includes learning to be the one in control without being aggressive or mean. Research finds that Dogs Know That Smile On Your Face, and they know it means good times just as your angry mug doesn't.
What Brand of Fitness is Best for Your Furball?
Did Someone Say Vacation?!
Digging With Dogs
Frivolous Fun & Hard Work
(Click the left image for fun, and the right image for the beauty of working dogs.)