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Is your dog comfortable as it can be at home?

As a pet parent, there’s nothing you want more than to keep your dog comfortable as it can be at home and make sure they’re content. Whether you’ve recently added to your family, or you have a senior dog, here are some tips to keep your furry friend happy. 

Invest in a good quality bed

Dogs often like to drape themselves over couches, chairs, and human beds, but they need their own space to rest and relax. Investing in a high-quality dog bed is essential for all dog owners. Your pup’s bed should be a tranquil spot where they can recharge their batteries and take a break after a day of exploring or letting off steam. There is a huge range of beds available for dogs of all sizes and breeds. It’s a good idea to browse popular dog beds online and to ask your vet for advice if your pet has any underlying health issues or they have chronic conditions that affect their mobility or joints. You can buy specialty products that help to ease pain and provide additional support while keeping your dog comfortable. 

Ensure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times

Staying hydrated is crucial for dogs, especially in hot weather. If your dog is panting a lot, or they’ve been exercising outdoors, give them a drink and make sure there is a supply of fresh, clean water available at all times. 

Get the temperature right

Dogs respond to changes in temperature like humans. If they’re too hot or cold, this can be problematic. Set the thermostat in your home to around 68-71 degrees Fahrenheit to keep your dog comfortable and provide extra layers in the winter if your dog feels the cold. You can put blankets in their bed or crate to keep them warm when it’s chilly outside. If it’s very hot outside, keep your home as cool as possible, encourage your dog to drink lots of water, and take them for a walk late in the day when the temperature has dropped. Try to discourage them from lying out in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Most dogs will seek shade if they get too hot. 

Get into a routine

Most dogs respond positively to routines and regimes and this can help them to feel relaxed, especially if you’re out at work. Try to establish a routine so that your dog knows what to expect. Include regular exercise, set mealtimes, time for play and bonding, rest and relaxation and walks. If you are out during the day, consider hiring a dog walker or looking for doggy daycare facilities so that your pooch doesn’t get lonely. 

It’s natural to want to keep your dog comfortable and as content as possible. To create a relaxing, comforting space for your dog at home, invest in a good quality bed, ensure they have access to clean water at all times and make sure it’s not too hot or cold. Try to get into a routine, spend plenty of time with your dog and look for specialist products if your dog is prone to aches and pains or they are recovering from an injury.

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