Born To Be Wild: Treating Your Dog Like The Animal They Are

For real, though – this was the dog I had in my childhood:

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Dogs were one of the very earliest animals which humans domesticated. Descending from wolves, these creatures have a strong pack mentality, and this makes it very easy to live with them when you know how to make yourself into the alpha. Of course, though, while your pooch might seem at home wrapped up in a blanket, most of these beasts are wild at heart. To give you some ideas when it comes to letting your dog enjoy this side of their life a bit more, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to achieve this goal.

Walk Times

When you take your dog on a walk, they aren’t thinking about getting exercise or having the chance to go to the toilet. Instead, they want to go hunting, enabling them to show off some of their skills to their human packmates. Going to the same places all the time will slowly erode the enjoyment your dog gets out of this. When you go somewhere new, there will be a renewed possibility of successfully hunting something, and this will make the whole event a lot more exciting. Of course, it’s always worth making sure that the walk areas you choose are nice and safe.

Along with taking them to new places, it could also be worth thinking about the toys you take with you. A lot of dogs like to play with sticks when they go outside. This can be dangerous, though, with these objects often having sharp points, and dogs not being very good at handling things with care. To overcome this, investing in a ball launcher can give your dog a great exercise, without putting them at risk of hurting themselves. Of course, you have to be outside to give them the chance to run properly.

Outside At Home

Along with having the chance to enjoy the outside while walking, your dog should also have the chance to go outside while they are at home. Loads of properties have gardens, giving you access to a great space to keep your dog safe without having to keep watch over them. To make this space as good as possible for them, it could be worth investing in handful of different toys. There are loads of options on the market which are designed to offer a more natural way to play, often inspiring the primal side of your pooch to come out.

When you’re letting your dog into the garden, you will have to accept that the place isn’t going to stay pristine. It’s far better for the dog to use this space as their toilet over doing it on the rug, but the space will quickly fill if you don’t do enough to keep on top of it. Along with this, dogs will often like to dig, too. While this will make a mess, it will burn loads of energy, and this is a great way to keep your animal fit. Of course, though, you’ll have to make sure that they can’t get under any fences when they do this.

Social Times

Being pack animals, dogs aren’t used to spending loads of time by themselves. When these animals get the chance to spend time together, you will see them having a true chance to play and be themselves. Even if you don’t have another dog to keep them company, you will probably know someone else with an animal like this who will be able to meet up from time to time. By using people like this, you can build a network of friends for your pet, giving them the chance to have proper fun when they spend time out and about.

Along with spending time with other dogs, it’s also good for your pet to have the chance to spend time with you. They will see you as the head of the pack, and won’t often get the chance to socialise. A lot of owners don’t give their dogs enough time. In most cases, this will result in a sad dog, as these creatures need to spend time around other animals. This makes it worth thinking very seriously about another pet if you’re worried that you won’t be able to provide everything which you dog needs.

Food & Drink

Finally, it’s time to think about one of the most important aspects of your dog’s lifestyle; their food. All animals need to eat, and large dogs will need a lot to keep themselves going, giving you a great chance to improve their wild side. There are loads of companies out there which offer non-processed dog foods. While normal brands may be just fine, there will be few things healthier than having proper meat, and this is something which a lot of dog owners wish they had done from the start with their pets.

The food they eat all the time is important, but your dog will probably care more about the treats which you give them when they’ve been good. Bones have long been the number one natural dog treat. These products can be a little dangerous, though, especially when it comes to puppies, and it can be worth looking for something a little softer for them. Companies like Ace Antlers have a wide range of products which can help you with this. Of course, though, you may have a to try a couple of options until you find one which your dog likes.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the time you put into making your dog’s life a little more wild. Not a lot of people put effort into areas like this, simply letting their dog drift through life, rarely experiencing anything truly exciting. Of course, though, it doesn’t really take much to improve an animal’s life. While dogs are complex, they can often be easy to please, especially when they have the chance to spend time with you. They may not realise it, but you are the single biggest thing in their life.

Your New Puppy Checklist For Welcoming a New Family Member!

This is a sponsored post, in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club. All opinions are proudly my own.

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It wasn’t for the holidays, but we got a new puppy in 2018, after only weeks of looking!

That is how fast it can go! We saw Astro’s picture and called about him and although it was a lengthy and thorough adoption process, the whole thing was a matter of a few weeks. We got that magical date – May 24th – and told our kids we were going to New Jersey for a BBQ. Really, we were going to New Jersey because that’s where the rescue organization is.

Then we had the long drive back home with a puppy in our laps!

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As you probably know, welcoming a new puppy or dog – no matter what age – into your home is a big deal. You want to be prepared! As you noticed in my BJ’s blog post, it’s a big decision that I don’t take lightly. When Astro was only a few months old, we found out he’d need a very expensive and scary operation on his front two legs. As always, we’re committed to his care and will always do what’s right by him, and us. And I’m happy to say that he’s doing well, post-surgery!

Here he is, modeling his new dog bed:

Speaking of which, you know we go to BJ’s for all our pet needs. Did you know that they’re a great source for welcoming a new puppy or dog into your home? For real! That’s where we went right after we got Astro, and we struck gold there.

New Puppy Checklist!

1 – An appropriately sized crate. Not too big and not too small, but dogs do need the security and space and training that a crate offers.

2 – Toys. Puppies chew EVERYTHING. I mean it! Dogs do too. Make sure to have plenty of chew toys for your dog. One tip is to keep a few out at a time and “hide” others. Then rotate them so they’ll always seem new to your dog.

3 – A harness and leash. These are vital for leaving the house and going to the park, beach, public areas, etc.

4 – Food and bowls. We love the Berkley Jensen Puppy Food in particular! We recommend a separate bowl for water and fresh water should always be available. Also, we use stainless steel bowls because they collect less bacteria than plastic, and don’t break like ceramic.

5 – Plenty of treats. You will need them for training and for spoiling that new dog in your life! We love Milk-Bone Soft & Chewy Beef Recipe Dog Snacks and Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Daily Dental Treats for both of our dogs.

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And that is why BJ’s is always the place to go for welcoming a new pet. They offer a large selection of pet food brands that cater to your pet’s needs without breaking your budget. And with pets to get gifts for and to also travel with these days, we’re happy to have a place that has a wide assortment of food and accessories at unbeatable values. As a member, you can shop wet and dry pet food, treats that support dental health, and specialty foods that cater to weight management or complete nutrition. Not to mention that families can save up to $500 a year by shopping at BJ’s.

All three times after welcoming a new pet into our house, I have loved going to BJ’s to shop for the new puppy or kitten. I love that they’re committed to offering the best value of any supermarket or club, and members save 25% off grocery store prices every day. BJ’s is the only membership warehouse club to accept manufacturer’s coupons. And I’ve never had a bad time there!

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