We know you’re barking mad about your fur kids and we want to help you show your pups how much you love and care for them.
As we all know, actions speak much, much louder than words, so we're going to share seven of our favourite ways to help your doggo lead a healthier lifestyle and feel your absolute adoration.
Dogs can't speak human (no matter how hard they try!), but they can let us know how they feel and what they think using their facial expressions, bodies and even posture. Learning to interpret and understand your doggy's body language is an essential part of communicating with your pup; it's also a fantastic way to decrease doggo-human miscommunications.
Here's how your best friend talks to you and what they are saying:
Your fur kids have the same range of facial expressions as humans, but not all of them have the same meaning.
Facial expressions and body language go hand-in-hand (or paw-in-paw), and your doggy will speak to you using their body too.
Your pup's posture and how they carry themselves speak volumes about how they feel and their mindset at any given time.
It's vital to remember that your pooch will use a combination of facial expressions, body language and posture to provide you with a full update on how they are feeling, and depending on their breed/s, your dog may 'speak' differently to other dogs. For example, we mentioned above that swift tail twitches indicate feeling threatened, but terriers may use quick tail twitching to show they are excited.
We can all agree a healthier dog is a happier doggy, which is why making better diet decisions for your fur-baby is an excellent way to show your love for them.
Dry dog food makes feeding easy, but not all dog foods are created equal and just like we should avoid sugars, salts, and refined carbs in our diet, your dog needs to avoid certain things to maintain a healthy body weight and stay on top form.
We suggest looking at the ingredients in your pup's food to ensure they are getting a balanced diet and enough nutrition.
If you've spotted any of these "no-no" ingredients in your pup’s food, we suggest switching their diet up and trying a healthy homemade meal to help them get all the nutrition they need. However, before you make any final decisions, please consult a veterinarian to ensure your dog receives the correct nourishment suited to their breed/s and specific needs.
Servings: 8 cups
A fantastic way to show your dog love is to make sure you work a daily walk into your routine. Not only is it a great way for you and your pup to get your steps in and blood pumping, but it also ensures your dog gets a change of scenery, helps with their mental stimulation and adds a bit of adventure to their day.
If you'd like to spice up your daily dog walks and make them feel a bit more exciting for both you and your pooch, we have a blog perfect for you! Head over to our post on 6 ways to spice up your daily dog walks with Valgray for tips and tricks to making your walkies routine paw-some.
Young or old, all dogs need to play, and playtime is a terrific way to connect with your doggo and show them your love. It's important to remember that not all pups chase balls or fetch frisbees, which is why you need to find what type of play your fur baby enjoys so that you can initiate a good old play session.
If playtime is something totally new to your pup and you're struggling to get your dog to join in, we recommend using the same tactics used in incentivised training. Simply use their favourite treat as an incentive to get them to join you outside or in a play area and perform simple tricks (like sitting or giving you paw) or chase you around and 'catch' you.
Don't forget to reward your dog for their good behaviour and participation in play, so they form a positive mental connection with the activity and time spent with you.
If your fur kid gets a bit too boisterous for your liking, slow down and remain calm. You don't want to shout or make fast movements because they might misunderstand your intentions and create a negative association with play – something you definitely want to avoid.
We all feel better after a bath and a bit of self-care, so it stands to reason your doggo will feel a whole lot better after a bit of TLC.
Unless your dog has a skin condition or has discovered a muddy puddle recently, your fur baby doesn't generally need regular baths. In fact, washing your pup every three months is recommended because frequent baths can cause skin irritation and wash away the healthy natural oils their coat needs.
But grooming isn't only about baths, it also includes:
The best way to show your dog love is to make sure they are healthy and able to live their very best lives.
Make sure you schedule an annual checkup for your pooch with your preferred vet. A yearly health checkup will help you keep an eye on any possible underlying health problems your beloved furball may be experiencing.
Regular veterinary visits will also ensure your dog is up to date on all their shots to protect them against diseases like rabies, Canine parvovirus infection (Parvo), Bordetellosis (Kennel cough), Leptospirosis, Heartworm disease and parasites like tapeworms.
Everyone needs to feel like they belong, and providing a shelter or creating a space for your pup to be themselves is a great way to show how much you care and love them.
When outdoors, make sure your doggo has a big enough shelter from the rain, heat and even just a place for them to relax when they join in on outdoor family activities. We suggest giving your precious pooch outdoor bedding (old blankets will do!) to increase their comfort levels and make them feel like they are extra special because they have their very own cuddly spot outside.
While indoors, your pooch already has the shelter they need, but that doesn't mean they don't need a spot that's just for them. To show your dogs you love them and include them in family time, we suggest choosing a spot close to you but not underfoot to lay down cosy blankets that they know is theirs.
Or, if your dog is well-groomed and lying on the furniture fits your household rules and lifestyle (obviously), then a special spot on the couch or a chair can also be perfect! This way, your pup can snuggle in their own little space and be present for all household activities as a member of the family.
We hope our list of ways to show your doggy love has inspired you to shower your pooch with the love and affection we know they deserve.
Please note this blog is for information purposes only. Valgray for Dogs encourages dog owners to consult a veterinarian before making decisions about dog feeding, medical care, oral health care or behavioural conditions.
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Valgray is one of the few brands that caters for all dog sizes. From our extra-small collars for the truly tiny pooch to the extra-large collars for giant breeds, we go the extra mile to make sure your fur-babies can put their best paw forward.
It’s important to measure your pup’s neck to make sure your new collar will fit comfortably. Remember to include some space around the neck for your pooch’s safety and comfort. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit two or three fingers between the neck and collar.
Once you have your doggo’s measurements, check our sizing guide below for the best collar size.
No problem! You can use a variety of household items to safely measure your dog’s neck. See our guide here.
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We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Making adjustments to our soft, PVC-coated nylon straps at home is easy. Simply use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.
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