6 Healthy & Safe Ways To Spoil Your Best Friend

Give your pet the best life possible

By Catalina Barrios

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It usually follows that if your family is happy, you are happy. This includes pets, an important part of a satisfying and meaningful home life.  One of the greatest pleasures in having a fur baby is spoiling him or her.  It’s a delight to see their little faces when you shower them with treats and toys. Who doesn’t like to get spoiled? Right?

These are some of our favorite ways to spoil our furry friends:

1. Play Date

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Kids love to have play dates with their friends and even sleepovers; your pet enjoys the same! Dogs get to know their canine friends by engaging in play.  Invite a doggy friend over for an afternoon of romping through the park or even the yard. Your devoted companion will thank you with a lick or a snuggle on the couch after a stimulating (and exhausting) time mingling with friends.

2. Give Your Pet the Best Bed

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A lovely and simple way of showing love to your pet is to provide a comfy bed. Dogs and cats need naps throughout the day, and you can make sure they have the best place to curl up in. They will appreciate this gesture of love as they snuggle down into sweet dreams.

3. Go Somewhere New

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Dogs enjoy visiting new places just as much as we do. I love eating at a new restaurant and meeting new people in novel circumstances.  So,  how about taking your pet to explore with you in a new park in the city or a pet-friendly restaurant?  Another great idea is to have a picnic with your pet. Invite some friends with dogs to round this out into the best play date ever!

4. Learn, Learn and Learn!

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The more you learn, the wiser you become and the more you are engaged in life. One of my goals for this year is to achieve my French language certificate. Dogs also like to learn new tricks and then please you by showing them off.  Engaging their brains in learning and play will keep pets from getting bored. There are lots of resources online, and in the library, if you need ideas on how to teach tricks to your dog. Reward them with praise after performing each trick to make them a very happy dog!

5. Quality Time

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You need to make sure you dedicate to them the time they deserve; your pet needs one-on-one time every day. You don’t want them to feel ignored or bored because this will often lead to mischief. For example, you can set a regular time in the evening for play. It doesn’t have to be hours every day, but remember that quality is more important than quantity. Just make sure your pet feels loved!

6. A Ride!

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My dog is the happiest dog in the world when I tell her “Let’s go to the car”. You can go for a ride through the neighborhood or even to the closest park, and why not end the trip with a delicious ice cream for you and a treat for your pet?

What is your favorite way of spoiling your pet? Any ideas for fellow pet owners? Share below!