11 Best Ways to Add More Joy in Your Dog’s Life

Dogs are undoubtedly the best companions of humans. They are always ready to accompany, love, entertain, and please you, and do whatever makes you happy.

Your dog may also be the one who showers unconditional loves on you, but wait, what he/she gets in response from you? Some regular food and treats, exercise, and some moments from your time?

Well, that is what every dog needs but a dog’s life is not just about food and exercise, they need much more than that.

And this post contains some easy yet excellent ways to add more joy in your dog’s life. Using these ways, you can let your dogs live their lives at their fullest.

So, let’s explore more.

How to Add Joy in Your Dog’s Life

Exercise them as much as you can

Dogs need exercise to burn their excessive energy or they may develop destructive behavior such as excessive barking, destructive chewing, or separation anxiety. Different dog breeds have different exercise needs but at least 30 minutes of daily exercise is recommended for every dog.

What is the best exercise for them? Daily walks, enrichment activities, and swimming are the best ways to tire your dog and to improve its mental and physical health.

Fun fact: In Turin, Italy, if you do not exercise your dog thrice a day, you may be penalized.

Rub them 

If you have a dog you must have an idea how much your dog loves being rubbed on several points of his body. Although every dog has a different body part which it loves to be rubbed, most of them like to have their neck, chest, ears, and belly rubbed gently. You can try different body parts to get a clear idea.

Actually, rubbing calms them and in fact, you’ll feel that they have gone high while rubbing them. Other than regular rubbing, if your dog is tensed or stressful, rub his belly or ears to calm him and release his tension.

Let them chew


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Dogs love chewing. In fact, chewing is important for puppies during the development of their teeth and it’s natural for them. So if you provide them with some wonderful chew toys or organic items such as beef kneecaps, bison ribs, and beef hooves, they are gonna love them more than any other thing.

Moreover, you can add some soft treats and food in their chew toys. Such as, fill the beef hooves or rubber chews with treats and freeze them. Your dog will spend hours eating them.

Sit on the Sofa together and Watch the TV

Just imagine you are sitting on your sofa or couch, watching your favorite show, eating popcorns, and your dog is accompanying you.

Yes, dogs love your attention and when you do your daily routine works in the accompaniment of your dogs, they really love it.

Go Swimming


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The dogs are among the best swimmers and it is the best exercise for them. It helps them release their boredom, stress, and energy, and help them improve their mental and physical health. Along with that, it helps them get a peaceful sleep.

As swimming is one of the most wonderful activities for a dog, so, if your dog can’t swim, you should get a life jacket for your pup so he can join other dogs in swimming. And yes, do not forget to take necessary precautions before letting him to deep waters.

Know Your Dog, his likes and dislikes

Well, before getting a puppy, do some research on your desired breed, its pros, and cons, health-related issues, behavior, and temperament, etc, so you already know much about your future dog. If you already have a dog, keep an eye on his likes and dislikes, and try to avoid the things he doesn’t like.

Moreover, try to read your dog’s mind and his body language while he is stressed or uncomfortable, it will help you in keeping him happy.

Play games with them

Your dog has that much energy that he can play for hours. Dogs love having fun and you’ll see them happy more than ever during their playtime. Plus, it improves their mood and overall health.

You can play several games with them such as Tug-of-war, Hide-and-seek, and lots of other activities.

Give them different foods

Do a little research about safe foods for your dog and feed them with a variety of items. Avoid harmful food items such as chocolate, onion, caffeine, etc. Learn more about safe and unsafe human food for your dogs.

Now, if you are wondering how you can add variety to their food, let me tell you that you may add cooked rice, eggs, boiled chicken and turkey, plain peanut butter, and several other items in their regular food.

Let them Sniff

While you are on a walk along with your dog, you may have noted that he smells everything either its familiar or non-familiar. You shouldn’t be afraid if your dog sniffs garbage, other dogs, humans, trees, and even other dog’s asses. But make sure he doesn’t anything from the garbage.

So, you can try walking on different treks and paths to let him sniff new smells that make them happy.

Take your Dog to Pet Bakery


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  • Visit a pet bakery along with your dog
  • Let him sniff and choose his favorites
  • Let him eat
  • Get Kisses
  • Unlimited cuddles
  • A wagging tail
  • And lots of un-conditioned love

What else you need?

Let them splash through a muddy puddle

Well, I know it sounds weird to you but it’s really fun and entertaining for them. Let your dog splash through a muddy puddle once in a couple of months and you must know that a mucky pooch is the happiest pooch.

Along with regular treats and exercise, you can use these ways to add more joy to your dogs’ lives and let them live their lives at their fullest.

Final words:

So, these were the 11 ways to add more joy and fun to your dog’s life. Before trying any of these wonderful ways, make sure your dog is not allergic to them such as a dog may be allergic to bakery items, so you may skip this one.

Do you have any other way or technique to add to this list? Feel free to comment or email us at woof @ thedogsjournal.com and we’d love to add them to this list.

Credits: Some of these ways were shared by the members of petforums.co.uk
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