The most significant way for an owner to benefit their dog’s health is with exercise and nutrition. The use of exercise will deliver the obvious benefits that occur from exercise, but it will also positively affect the dog’s mental health. Dogs are still at least partly subject to their instincts like their wolf ancestors. Wolves are often shown chasing their prey in the pack until they overcome and subdue their prey. At this point, the animals gorge. However, this is only a part of their diet. The rest of the food that a wolf receives will because they catch small prey and exploit smaller opportunities to obtain themselves a personal meal in between these pack hunts. This requires a wolf to be constantly in the act of outsmarting and catching these meals.
Modern dogs have this same urge, but domestication has relegated it to a ritual because their human owners provide the meal. However, it is a necessary ritual that will alleviate stress and boredom in the pet. Much of the mischief that comes from dogs especially when their owners are away or unaware occurs because this natural urge to explore is not being engaged. There are a lot of remedies being invented as trainers, breeders and owners realize that this is an issue, but frequent walks could greatly alleviate this problem also. There will be a marked change in the dog’s behavior both when the owner is home and away. Owners will find a calmer animal and much of the mischief will be alleviated.
However, some of this mischief is related to nutrition. Even when dogs are fed enough, if the nutrition is not sustentative, dogs will often want to eat more. Sometimes they will hunt on their own, but often they will get into dog and human food to satiate their need for more nutrients. These issues can be alleviated by combining the exercise with a nutritionally complete dog food. Active dogs will also need a brand of dog food that has an ample amount of animal protein, but there are not many dog foods proven to be of this quality. I personally have only found a few. The one I use most often is Beneful.
Beneful is a complete brand with a wide variety of options. When I am walking my dog, I help my dog think he is hunting for real by providing a bit of Beneful on samsclub dry food when he has chased the ball hard for a while or followed a trail for a distance. This satiates that hunting instinct. He would formerly get into the pantry to eat more food, but after the walks and the addition of Beneful, these issue have ceased completely. He also has more vigor and is eager for the walk. I also feel better because I know that he is mentally better. The lack of exercise and poor nutrition was taking a toll on his entire wellness. Thanks to Beneful in have a dog with the fuel to handle his regimen.