We all want what’s best for our dogs but the problem is figuring out what exactly “best” means. What is “best” and how do you provide it to your golden retriever? We have figured out 5 awesome ways to give a golden the most fulfilling life possible.
This one might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a little more complex than just feeding your golden. The key is to feed them quality food and in moderation. You don’t have to opt for the most expensive stuff on the market, but do your research and get the best quality food you can afford. Work with your vet to find the right amount to actually feed your dog. Often times the amounts suggested on the dog food bags can be more than your dog really needs so if your vet says your fur kid is a little overweight, find out how you can adjust their food and activity to help. Keeping the extra pounds off can do wonders and make for a happier, more comfortable life.
If you know goldens, you know water had to be on this list. Most goldens can’t get enough of it. Lakes, puddles, pools, most retrievers aren’t too picky about where they find the water – so long as they can get in it! The great thing about swimming is it can also be very therapeutic for aging bones. Talk to your vet to see how it may benefit your dog and make it a habit to find time to swim and let them retrieve. This is literally what they were bred for, so finding the time to satisfy those golden retriever roots on a regular basis will make for a happy and satisfied dog!
Find some time each day to stop what you are doing and just play with your golden. Play fetch in the backyard, have a game of hide and seek, or take them to a local dog park to have a good run. Whatever it is, find something your golden likes and make it part of your daily routine. It doesn’t need to be for hours on end, but just finding even 20 mins a day to play and have fun will make a difference. They’ll feel more at peace knowing they can always count on some quality time with you and taking the time to enjoy your best friend will strengthen your bond.
This is an easy one! Take the time to cuddle your dog. Once they get all their wiggles out, make it a habit to end each day with some snuggle time. As puppies, dogs naturally snuggle up with their family when it’s nap time and enjoy feeling the presence of their littermates all around them. It’s comforting. It’s cozy. When they grow up, they may not have a whole litter of siblings to cuddle with anymore, but that’s where you come in! Give them those snuggles while you watch your favorite show or curl up with a good book. They don’t care what you are doing, so long as you are there, giving them love.
We all enjoy a little change of scenery every now and then. The same goes for our dogs! While your fur kid surely enjoys your regular walk paths, changing things up can be a lot of fun! Walk them somewhere new – even if it’s just the next street over. It will be filled with new sights, smells, and plenty of things to stimulate their doggie brains and satisfy that need for exploring with their pack (that’s you).