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How to Make a Happy Home for Your Dog

Ciera Dastrup

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GrowingUpPurina #CollectiveBias
I can’t imagine our home without our Goldendoodle, Chooiee. He truly completes our family. and I love watching him and the girls grow up together! Having him around definitely makes our home happier!
Dogs are happy animals, plain and simple. After having Chooiee for a couple of years, we have learned so many tricks & tips to making our already happy dog—even happier!
Here are some tips on making your dog a little extra happy today!!!
Buy a Kiddie Pool
Summers can get hot for dogs, and there is nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool! Most dogs love to swim, so why not give them a special kiddie pool that’s all their own? Put some water-friendly dog toys in there so they know that it is a special place they can go to cool off whenever they want!!! If you have kids, they will love it too!!!

Let them Destroy Their Toys
I know what you’re thinking,……I just paid for that! Well, it’s actually in your best interest to let your dog wrangle their toys around, even to the point of no return. Dogs need to exercise their animal instincts and destroying toys helps them stay sharp. Change your toys up every now & then to keep things interesting for your pup!!!

Take them on Car Rides with You
We often run quick errands with our kids, but why not our dogs?? Chooiee loves going on car rides with us, and loves being along for the action! I take him to the Coffee shop with me, and he loves getting all the attention from all the baristas in the drive-thru! :) It wwould get boring being stuck home all day….so a quick trip to the market with your pup could help change up their routine—and make them happier!! Be sure not to leave your pup in the car in extreme cold/hot temperatures! 

Feed them Good Food
We recently switched to Purina® ONE SmartBlend True Instinct Premium Real Turkey & Venison Dry Dog Food for Chooiee, and he has since been much more active & alert!!! Feeding your pet wholesome dog food is SO IMPORTANT! Purina® ONE® True Instinct is dedicated to the lifelong potential of your pet. 
  • 30% protein content helps support strong muscles
  • Real turkey is the #1 ingredient and real venison
  • Two times the tender, meaty morsels compared to Purina ONE Lamb & Rice Formula
  • No poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Natural plus vitamins and minerals adult dog food
You can sign your dog up to take the 28 day challenge on purinaone.com and receive $3 off coupon!!!! Purchase at your local Target or online at Target.com! There are so many amazing Purina® ONE SmartBlend dog food options to choose from!! See HERE!

Take them to the Park
Just like humans need exercise…dogs need exercise too! Having a dog is a great excuse to get out of the house, and get moving at the park!!! Chooiee always is a much more relaxed and happy dog at home when we gets some runs in at the park!!! Not only does it tire our big pup out, but also our two kiddos from chasing him around! WIN WIN!

Give them their Own Space 
Give your dogs a space that is just theirs! We have a spot for Chooiee, with a bed + some toys! He loves retreating to his bed for naps, and definitely treats that spot as his “safe zone”!!! He hides toys in his spot, and takes all his favorite toys there to play with!

Play More!!!!
Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, getting some playtime in with your dog will build your relationship and allow you both to have fun. Dogs get bored and they want to play, even if they’re are a bit older!! I always try my best to buy Chooiee a new toy to surprise him with! He seriously gets so excited, and can;t wait to get outside to play with me!!! 
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you make your home as happy as possible for your furry friends!