- Keep a slim body. Not Skinny, but slim.
- Give him chews and biscuits that help to clean his/her teeth. It is suggested that you brush your canines teeth 3 times a week.
- Give them NO human food, unless you have to, due to an illness.
- Make regular Vet checkups and keep all vaccinations up to date.
- Follow directions on his/her medications, if they have some, and make sure you give them as directed.
- Feed only the amount of dog food that is necessary to maintain your breeds ideal body condition. Always measure accurately and monitor their weigh regularly.
- Exercise or play actively with your dog at least 3 times per day for at least 15 minutes each time.
- Train and reinforce training, so that your dog will follow your command, no matter what or where.
- Keep you dog safe. Inside a fenced yard or kennel, on a leash, or in a dog carrier when traveling.
- Last, but not least, if your dog is happy, it will help him live 6 months longer. Give him/her plenty of toys to stimulate them. Just like us humans, happiness increases the quality of our pets lives.
Now I think you have to give and take a little. Ask my gordon setter, Happy, if he'd rather have a taste of chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and cheese, or if he'd rather live 6 months longer, I'm pretty sure he'd pick the chicken nuggets, hot dogs and cheese. Especially the cheese. I think you have to treat your dogs life a little like your own. We all give up living longer for various reasons. I used to smoke, for a long time. Finally quit and still not quite over it. But, I decided to give up the cigarettes so I might have more years to live and better quality years. I also gave up eggs and red meat, almost completely, to keep the cholesterol in check. I eat more fish and get more exercise. I hope these things will make me healthier. But there are a few things I won't give up. At least not until it becomes life threatening. French Fries, fried potatoes, salt and sugar, and I love Mt. Dew. A person has to have a few things that make life a little sweeter. I think Happy would say the same thing. We feed him a healthy diet, give him exercise, and for his reward he gets a small portion of leftovers once or twice a day. He tells me it's worth it!