How Do I Become A Better Dog Owner?

How Do I Become A Better Dog Owner?

We all love our dogs, however, there are always little adjustments that we can add to the way that we care for them. Just a small tweak can bring on fantastic results and you will see huge benefits to your dog’s health. To be the best and most responsible dog owner is really, really easy.

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Do you want to know how?

It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time dog owner or you have taken care of dogs all your life, there is always something that you can do to make him happier and healthier.

These tips are designed to give maximum benefits by making small adjustments. I’m sure that you do some of them already, but there really is something for everyone.

This handy checklist is a guide to improve your dog’s life, step by step.

After all, our dogs are our best friends, so they deserve to have, the very best owner.


  1.  How is your dog’s diet?

To get the best from your dog it is important to give a healthy balanced diet. However, by adding a little ingredient, your dog will be in tip-top condition.

Firstly, do you want to know my number one tip to keep your dogs weight under control?

The best tip I lever discovered was to give the dog green beans instead of treats.

They can be raw, cooked or even frozen. My dogs love them and it has really helped me to cut down on the number of treats they have.

Just in case you were wondering:

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There are forty calories in a medium-sized dog biscuit eg a gravy bone.

So doing a quick swap will have an immediate impact on your dog’s waistline.

Add coconut oil to the food.

There are so many benefits to adding just a half teaspoon of coconut oil to your dog’s food both internally and externally. For best results add very slowly and you will soon see fantastic results.

If you want to know exactly how brilliant coconut oil is for dogs, here 

is all the information you need.

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Coconut Oil

Add some fish oil to their diet by occasionally adding sardines (my dogs favourite)  tuna or salmon.

Be the best dog owner ever and make healthy, tasty treats for your dog. Using just a few ingredients, great snacks can be made instead of shop-bought treats. There are hundreds of recipes online and they are all super quick and inexpensive. Your dog will love you for it!

My dogs love frozen dog treats in the summer to keep cool. I put some yoghurt in ice cube trays and add a blueberry before placing in the freezer. They are great if you are concerned about your dog overheating.

Keeping your dog’s weight under control is so important, here 

are some helpful tips.

2.  Does your dog get enough exercise?

1 Next time you go for a walk, take a ball with you, the dog will cover more ground chasing after it.  Additionally,  you can get some recall training done at the same time.

2 Another easy thing to do is to change the route that you use every day to walk your dog.  Your dog will pick up different scents and get more sensory stimulation from a different area.

3 Walk with a friend who has a dog, this will make your dog more sociable and you will cover more miles having a good old gossip!

3.  Is your dog Insured?

Take out a policy or open a savings account for your dog’s care and add to it each week. It will give you the peace of mind to know that the help will be there if your dog needs it. All responsible dog owners have a plan in place if their dog is sick.

4.  Is your dog mentally stimulated?

Make your dog work for his food or treats by adding a food puzzle.

We are all aware that dogs can be destructive if they get bored. Their brains need lots of stimulation even when they are past the puppy stage. Just one or two interactive toys will really help to keep your dog’s mind active. As a result, the dog will be calmer and less anxious.

He will no longer need to chew your furniture!

This  Bob-a-lot interactive dog toy has kept my miniature dachshund amused for hours. I bought this two years ago and it is still in good working order.

This Video from Amazon demonstrates how to put treats in different sections of the toy. There are also adjustable openings so that you can choose a difficulty level. When your dog gets the hang of how to release the treats, simply make the openings a little smaller.

They also come in different sizes, the small one is perfect for my mini dachshund.

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5. Keep microchip and dog tags up to date.

Every responsible dog owner has his dog chipped. In fact, in the UK, it is illegal not to.

However, dog owners forget to change the details on the chip when they move house or change telephone number. They buy their dog a lovely new collar and forget to swap the ID disc.

Keep the details up to date and attach a tag to all of your dog’s collars so that you can be contacted as soon as your dog is found.

6.  Grooming.

1 Brushing or combing will not only improve the dog’s appearance, but it will also give you the chance to get a close look to see if he has any skin irritations, fur loss, hot spots, sore paws, etc

2 Keep your dog’s nails short with specially designed dog clippers. If you struggle with this (like I do!) a vet or groomer will do them for a small charge. My dog causes an awful fuss when I take him to have his nails trimmed but the professionals are used to nervous dogs and can do them very quickly.

Walking your dog on hard surfaces is the best way to keep his nails filed down.

7.  Massage.

You don’t have to be an expert to massage your dog. Just gently stroking and running your hands over the dog’s muscles will make both of you feel bonded and relaxed. It also gives you a good chance to spot any lumps or bumps which may appear.

See how your dog relaxes if you gently massage just behind his ears?

Learn canine massage for the best owner/dog experience and see how you bond even more.

Here is more information about canine massage.

8.  Toys.

Be the best dog owner and buy good quality, durable dog toys that cannot be destroyed or chewed up.

Cheap dog toys break and could cause a blockage in the intestine.

Sometimes a small plush toy will give comfort to your dog. My dog likes to carry a small toy around, she even takes it to bed with her.

A simple ball will give hours of fun. Teach the dog to retrieve, so that you don’t have to do all the legwork!

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, get an unwashed T-shirt or old sock belonging to yourself and put knots in it until it resembles a ball. The dog will get comfort from the smell when you are not there.


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(There is a short video so that you can see how the toy works)

The reason I like the Wobble Wag Giggle Ball  is because there are special clutch holes which allow the dog to get a good grasp of the ball.  Dogs are entertained by the ‘giggling’ sounds and  benefit from lots more exercise when they run to fetch the ball. Use both indoors and outdoors, great for those wintry days when you are stuck inside.

9 Teeth

Check your dog’s teeth and gums regularly and brush with some special doggy toothpaste every day. The best way for a dog owner to do this is to start when the dog is a puppy.dachshund - Best Dog Owner

If you can’t brush your dog’s teeth?

Don’t worry, there are always things that you can do. My rescue dog would never allow me to put something in his mouth so I found the best possible alternative.

Make sure that your dog’s teeth are in the best condition by giving him a daily dental chew. Mine love fish skin cubes. The smell of fish is very strong so I keep mine in an airtight container.

They are 100% natural so no nasty additives.

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Dog Toothbrush

This dog toothbrush is designed to remove plaque and tartar. There are even holes where you can put tasty doggy toothpaste to make it even more effective.

I always sprinkle a tiny amount of Plaque Off on my dog’s food. We achieve good results with most dogs. However, there was one dog it didn’t work for so we booked her into the vet for a scale and polish. Plaque Off is very economical because a little goes a long way, so a small pot lasts for ages.

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Plaque Off Dental Bites

 Coconut oil will also help with dental hygiene. In addition, it is natural and helps give a beautiful shiny coat too.

Give your dog a small piece of carrot or apple to munch on. This will remove plaque, clean teeth and improve smelly breath.

Find out why canine health is so important here

10.  Observe.

To be the best dog owner you need to always observe your dog. Just like a child, we need to keep a watchful eye on our pets.

Look for anything out of the ordinary.

Trust your instincts and you will find:

That you are always right!

 Check that the dog is eating, drinking, urinating, emptying bowels and playing as normal.

Detecting early signs that your dog is unwell can prevent serious illness and costly vet bills.

By following these quick and easy tips you can be the best dog owner and your dog will benefit by being more happy and healthy. It only takes a few easy tweaks and the results can be seen very quickly.


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Additional Reading

10 Easy Tips To Survive Life With A Brand New Puppy

15 Amazing Trivia Facts About Dogs

Do you have any tips to keep your dog physically fit and well?

I would love to hear all about them.

Keep those tails wagging!


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  18 comments for “How Do I Become A Better Dog Owner?

  1. 29th October 2017 at 5:09 am

    This is great!! I love all of these tips so much!!

  2. 29th October 2017 at 5:17 am

    We’ve recently made a new rule in my house: no cell phones on walks! They stay with us for safety but more than once I caught myself looking at my phone on walks and that’s just crazy. It’s HER time she deserves that and it’s better for us also! <3

    • 29th October 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I know what you mean. I have lovely chats with my dogs when we are on our walks. People must call me the Crazy Dog Woman! Thank you so much for commenting. Have a lovely day.

      • 29th October 2017 at 3:59 pm

        I’m right there with you! We have a fence and when we moved the new neighbors just assumed we had a toddler because of the way I talk to her lol! It’s a compliment!!
        You too!!

  3. 29th October 2017 at 8:07 am

    Love this! Siggi’s a big fan of coconut oil and gets a bit through his coat after grooming. Interactive toys are also the best. We love coming up with weird creations from household waste, like sealing up cardboard boxes full of his kibble. Keeps his brain working, tires him out and deals with his natural urge to rip stuff up! Thanks for the post 🙂

    • 29th October 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I must try this!, Darcy also has an urge to rip things up, usually my post! Thank you for your comment, have a lovely day.

  4. 2nd November 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I had no idea green beans and coconut oil were safe for dogs! Interesting! I had found out a few years ago that grapes and garlic were a no no.

    • 2nd November 2017 at 5:57 pm

      I know surprising isn’t it? Chocolate also really bad. Thank you for stopping by.

      • 2nd November 2017 at 6:20 pm

        Oh yeah. Definitely knew about chocolate! I remember learning that you could give dogs benadryl if they ate chocolate.

      • 2nd November 2017 at 9:43 pm

        now thats handy to know because I have a little dachshund who likes to pinch things!

      • 3rd November 2017 at 2:18 am

        Lol. I don’t remember where I heard it, but a kid’s dose is supposed to help as long as its not a huge amount of chocolate.

      • 3rd November 2017 at 10:37 am

        Thank you

  5. MichNative
    2nd October 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Where is brushing their teeth daily at?? This is so only takes a minute…and your dog is so much better off for it. You can save a lot of money, and save the dog so much stress…do it everyday and the dogs get accustomed to issues at my house.

  6. 5th December 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Oh my goodness – so much good info yet again. I never thought of green beans and I need to address caring for his teeth more. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

    • waggytalesdogblog
      5th December 2018 at 9:58 pm

      You’re welcome, hope your dog likes green beans xx

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