Our dogs want to feel safe and comfortable in our homes in the same way we do. For our pups, that means more than a cozy blanket to snuggle with on the couch while watching the Puppy Bowl. Follow along and explore the ways to ensure your dog feels comfortable in your home.
Establish a Routine With Your Dog
Take your dog for a walk and feed them at the same time every day. If you want them to sleep in their crate, put them to bed every night at the same time. Establishing a routine is a great way to bond and spend time with your dog while making them feel comfortable.
Keep Them Physically and Mentally Stimulated
Your dog needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Take long walks or go for hikes in the local park. Work with your pup to teach them new tricks and skills. Turn mealtime into a game by spreading wet food onto a mat or placing the dry food into containers that force them to slow down when they eat. Dogs who are tired mentally and physically are less likely to engage in boredom behaviors.
Ensure They Have a Safe Place
Dogs need to have a safe place to hide or relax, whether that is a corner of the couch, their crate, or a room. Make sure they always have access to this area and that it’s clean and tidy for them. It’s essential to keep the crate clean and wash the pad once a week. You should also wash any blankets, soft toys, or plush beds a few times a month.
Give Them Your Time
Spending time playing, cuddling, and enjoying your pup is one of the greatest blessings you can provide yourself and your dog. Play a game of fetch or hide and seek to bond with your fur baby and to solidify the connection you have with each other.
All dogs deserve to be comfortable in our homes. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll ensure your dog feels comfortable in your home. Maybe give them a few extra treats and cuddles today too.