As a dog owner, you want nothing more than for your furry friend to be happy and healthy. Luckily, there are a number of simple and natural ways that you can give your dog the healthiest life possible. From the food you feed them to the supplements you give them, these tips will have your dog living their best life in no time!

1. Feed a High-Quality Diet

One of the most important things you can do for your dog's health is to feed them a high-quality diet. Just like humans, dogs need nutrients from whole foods in order to function optimally.

Processed dog food is often full of fillers and artificial ingredients that can do more harm than good. Stick to a diet of fresh, whole foods whenever possible, and supplement with vitamins and minerals as needed.

One place to get information on supplementation is from Dr. Peter Dobias. Try this tool to figure out where to start.

2. Provide Plenty of Exercise

Dogs are active creatures, and they need plenty of exercise to stay healthy. A good rule of thumb is to provide your dog with at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This can be in the form of walks, runs, playtime at the park, or even just fetch in the backyard. Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy weight, improving joint health, and reducing stress levels.

Exercise is not only important for physical health, but mental health as well. Dogs that are bored or cooped up are often the ones that get into trouble (chewing furniture, barking excessively, etc.). Make sure your dog has plenty of opportunities to run around and play so that they can stay healthy both physically and mentally.

3. Groom regularly

Grooming is not only important for keeping your dog looking their best - it's also crucial for their overall health. Regular brushing helps remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells from the coat, which can reduce the risk of skin infections. It also helps distribute natural oils throughout the coat, which keeps it healthy and looking shiny.

In addition to brushing, you should also bathe your dog regularly using a gentle shampoo designed for dogs. Be sure to avoid human shampoos, as these can strip natural oils from the coat and irritate the skin beneath.  See my article Top 3 Dog Shampoos For Itchy Skin (see what Gibbs Likes) for some shampoo suggestions.

4. Give Them Lots of Love

Last but not least, don't forget to show your pup some love! Dogs are social creatures that crave attention and affection from their owners. Spend quality time with your dog every day, and show them just how much you care. They'll be sure to return the favor tenfold!

12 Essential Principles for your dog's healthy and long life

By following these simple tips, you can help your dog live a long, healthy life naturally. From their diet to their exercise routine to the amount of love they receive, each aspect of their life plays a role in their overall health. By taking care of your pup and giving them everything they need, you can ensure that they'll be happy and healthy for years to come!

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This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified licensed veterinarian.

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