I have a dog, her name is Wednesday. We rely on each other. We help each other. When she is happy, I’m happy… and vice versa. I am her person.
Waking up to a wagging tail has a way of instantly starting my morning on a good note. I’m working on my mental wellness this year; taking each day as it is, and doing my best with what I’ve got. That intention itself can even be a bit stressful, but keeping a peaceful mind is the only way to keep going. But Wednesday is helping me balance my mental state. I’m helping her grow and learn, and she’s helping me smile more and stress less. Our bond is developing in a positive way each day, and it’s creating an overall feeling of wellness throughout our home that is healthier than ever. That wellness is built off of a few routines that we do together. Here are a few tips for a happy dog, which is helping me be a better me.
Walk it off: I try and take 30 minutes a day to get outside with Wednesday and walk. She has been my best motivator to get out of bed and just go. I love going in the mornings, before the busy day. Not only does it give me time to clear my head and absorb nature’s beauty, but Wednesday gains obedience while getting a chance to exercise and burn off any built up energy. She is at her best when she’s walking by my side, and I completely feed off of her excited attitude.
Be Social: I’m just starting to let Wednesday off lead to roam and explore. Grabbing a friend and another dog is rewarding in so many ways for the both of us. Unhooking her leash lets her know I trust her being away from my side, and also lets us both socialize with our friends. When surrounded by everyone you love, instant happiness is achieved.
Trick for treat: Nothing in life is free for this little pup. Before any rub or grub, Wednesday has to perform. Simply asking her to sit, lie or stay is great for her brain, and rewarding to mine. I love knowing that she is learning, and that my work on her training is paying off.
Lately, I’ve been making dog treats for Wednesday, filling them with nutritious goodies that will help her learn while benefiting her health. Below is a recipe I put together that she loves:
Nutritous Peanut Butter Dog Treats
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup organic local honey (local honey helps with allergies!)
2 cups fine whole-wheat flour
1 ½ tablespoons of virgin coconut oil (great for a healthy, shiny coat!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, and then work in the peanut butter, honey and oil. Knead until mixed, forming a big dough ball. If the mixture is too crumbly and dry, add a few splashes of cold water to act as glue. Roll out dough about ¼” thick, grab your favorite cookie cutter, and go for it. If you don’t have any cookie cutters, scoop a tablespoon’s worth of dough and roll it into a ball shape (I like to do this for Kongs). Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Allow to cool. Command your pup do a trick, and reward with this delicious treat!
+ What routines do you share with your dog to help build a stronger bond, and ease your mental health? What are your favorite dog treat recipes? Let me know in the comments!