I remember the day my family became pet people. Growing up, we had a few pets (fancy Japanese goldfish like Ryukin and Lionhead, tropical fish, and we also had turtles, hamsters and a cat. However, it wasn’t until Chance entered my life that I really felt like I was a pet person.
Because of Chance, we are pet people
Chance was only six weeks old when he came to live with me. He was the runt of the litter and he was a little fuzz ball when all his litter mates looked like sleek black labs. Chance was an adorable puppy, who grew up to be my faithful and loyal friend and Little One’s protector.
He’s now thirteen years old and really showing his age. I cherish the time we have with him and am happy to see he still enjoys going for walks in the woods and he still entertains the antics of our younger dog, Cupcake. Chance brings such joy to our lives, which is why feeding him food that supports cognitive health in adult dogs is so important to me.
I’m excited to announce that I am part of the Purina Pet People Ambassador Program! Though Chance has been with us for nearly fourteen years, I’m by no means a pet expert. This said, I’m excited about the Purina Pet People Ambassadorship and with the help of the experts at Purina Canada, I will be able to share advice from the pet experts when it comes to pet nutrition and other pet-related topics.
Keeping pets active and healthy
Keeping our dogs healthy means making sure they are active and that they have proper nutrition based on their needs (age, size, etc). Some things I think are important when being a pet owner:
- Exercise: Daily walks for dogs, and activities that challenge them keep our dogs’ minds sharp. I like to play hide and seek with Chance, where I hide dog treats and then let Chance sniff his way to the treats. It’s a game he enjoys and it tests his sniffing skills (and problem solving skills). Cupcake is impatient and doesn’t play this game well yet.
- Consistency: When training dogs, consistency and patience are key. Admittedly, I haven’t had as much time to devote to training Cupcake as I did with Chance. Cupcake is still a young dog and is still learning. She’s super smart, but very energetic and she really needs lots of attention. I’m learning that she responds very well when she has all of our attention. When she doesn’t, she sometimes gets into mischief (like going after our chickens and taunting the bunnies).
- Positive reinforcement: Rewarding good behaviour is important. Lots of praise when your puppy or dog does something good only reinforces that good behaviour. Whenever Cupcake and Chance listen well or do something we ask them to do (like bring the ball or sit or stay), a “Good boy!” or “Good girl!” and lots of affectionate praise is what they love. Okay, they really love the occasional treat too!
- Visits to the vet: Keeping up to date with vaccinations and making sure pet’s overall health is taken care of are imperative when it comes to being a good pet person.
- Proper nutrition: I mentioned that pet nutrition and cognitive health is important to me when it comes to our pets. I’m excited about Purina® Pro Plan® Bright Mind™ Adult.
Purina® Pro Plan® Bright Mind™ Adult is one of Purina’s newest launches this year.
Here are some details about Bright Mind Adult:
High- quality protein, including chicken as the first ingredient
Includes a blend of brain supporting nutrients for cognitive health
Optimal levels of protein and fat help dogs maintain an ideal body condition
Rich in anti-oxidants to help promote a healthy immune system
Vitamin A and linoleic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid, for healthy skin and coat
When fed daily, will help support a dog’s cognitive health throughout adulthood
In addition to the Adult formula, Pro Plan also offers Bright Mind Adult 7+, which launched last fall and is designed for senior dogs. This product was created out of proprietary research that shows enhanced botanical oils provide an efficient fuel source for the brain in dogs, ages 7 and older, helping to nourish their minds to help them think more like they did when they were younger.
For more information, visit www.TryProPlan.ca
Calling all pet people! We love our pets and ensuring that they are healthy and happy is what we want most for them. Chance, Cupcake (and our cats, Spike and Princess Peach) fill our days with laughter and love. If you have pets, you’ll likely relate!
The great people at Purina Canada want to give lucky Life on Manitoulin readers a chance to win a Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Prize Pack (including a $25 VISA gift card, plus coupons for a 3 month supply of Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult). This giveaway is open to residents of Canada (excl. Quebec). To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Make sure to leave a comment in the comments section telling me one thing you do to ensure your dog is healthy and active.
Purina Canada website https://www.purina.ca/
Disclosure – This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.
Dianne G. says
Lots of walks and playing fetch and frisbee helps keep a dog healthy and happy.
Chris Stockford says
lots and lots of exercise
Eva Urban says
Daily walks and Puppy Stretches – Yoga alongside her owner.
We feed our dogs quality dog food, plenty of fresh air and tons of love
Erica Seaman says
Lots of walks and yearly visits to the vet.
lynn clayton says
right food good walks lots of love
Julie bolduc says
I keep my dog active by feeding her right and walking and socializing her everyday
Gillian Morgan says
We keep him super active and play with him all the time.
Wendy Jensen says
To keep my dog healthy and active I make sure he gets lots and lots of exercise.
Jennifer P. says
Daily walks/runs! And lots of cuddles. 🙂
Stephanie LaPlante says
Lots of playtime of coarse!
Carole Dube says
Butch goes to the vet for a yearly check up and up to date on vaccine. He eats good quality foods. He goes for walk regularly. He gets lots of love,
Diana Powell says
We have to Border Collies and we keep each other happy and healthy by going for lots of walks and eating right . They love Purina even my picky eater.
by taking her for walks and by playing fetch , she loves playing fetch with my granddaughter
donna dufresne says
I keep my furbaby healthy by taking her for walks 3 times a day thank you for the chance
Make sure he has his vet visits and gets good exercise. Good food as well
Regular visits to the vet for a check up are a must!
Tammy Dalley says
Lots of walks and healthy food!!!
Karla Sceviour says
I don`t have a dog,I have a cat,and he keeps himself active by running around and playing constantly 🙂 My father has a dog though,and he takes him for walks
Sherry moffitt says
We have an acre fenced in back yard for our 6 dachshunds to run and play in. We give them mini carrots and cherry tomatoes as treats. Great giveaway, thank you for the chance.
Belinda McNabb says
lots of walks and runs (this is for my brothers dog) He also likes to play with the frisbee and catch the ball too.
daily walks on leash; several times per week, runs off leash — backyard play, too!
Debbie S. says
We do a daily walk and play with toys. Fresh water and regular vaccinations too.
Our dog, Buttercup goes on daily walks and have regular vet visits.
Daily walks and lots of play outside.
We always make sure to play with and walk our fur babies.
Robyn Bellefleur says
We do daily walks with our dogs and make sure we see the vet for check ups regularly.
Rhonda W G. says
Regular check-ups/shots for my 2 dogs and we do everything to keep them well. I say they have a better life than most people including myself…lol.
Brenda Penton says
I take my dog for walks in the evening and have play time with her ball
Jenness M says
I take my dog for walks 3 times a day.
Debbie F says
Daily walks and healthy foods.
Cassie Fancy says
Regular vet visits , daily walks and lots of love for our puppy
ivy pluchinsky says
we go for walks!
Christine Topley says
We keep our dog healthy and active by watching their diet (limiting treats (as they are just that). Routine visits to the vet and a lot of exercise. Our furbaby, being a Springer Spaniel has energy to spare. I wish I would bottle that for myself -lol-
I take him for lots of walks
Juliee Fitze says
I take them for a walk and throw a lot of balls to keep them healthy.
Doris Calvert says
Izzy goes for a walk twice a dog over 2 miles each time and also spends a lot of time hiking in the rockies, and playing fetch.
Tainan Lu says
We walk my honey every day.
My dog and I love walking together , its a calm part of the day for both of us , we play in the yard lots as well !
Tracy D says
Daily exercise, fun, and love, and a healthy diet.
Bailey Dexter says
To keep Miss Lillie ( furry dog girl) healthy and active we go to the dog park at least 3 times a week as well as walk around home!
Sunshine G says
Endless numbers of walks to burn off energy – for all of us!`
We make sure our pup gets all her shots and regularly visits the vet. We take her for a walk or two everyday and have a fully fenced yard for her to play in so she gets lots of activity.
Andrea Amy says
i don’t have a dog but my best friend does and she takes her dogs out for walks daily, gives them the best food she can, and regular vet visits.
Maggie Lee says
I feel my dog Coco healthy dog food and treats made with fresh and healthy ingredients. Daily walks and play time are also necessary to keep her body and mind active.
lori b says
regular vet visits and a healthy food
Elizabeth R says
We take our dog on a 5K walk everyday plus play fetch in the back yard (for hours is she has her way!)
She gets taken for walk every day, unless it’s crazy raining like this morning.
Amy Heffernan says
We take at last a half hour walk ever day! Keeps me healthy too! 😀 Thanks!
We walk the dogs daily.
Sandra F says
He eats chicken and rice and loves him some pumpkin. I brush him and walk him daily rain, sun or winter.
Krista M says
My dog is no longer with us, but my mom has still has our older family dog who she takes out for walks almost 2 hours daily. The dog also goes swimming at the lake in summer. The vet says her active lifestyle has really done wonders for her health & prolonging her lifespan.
Ha! The dogs keeps us active not us keeping her active.
My brothers dog gets daily walks on his quest for a healthy dog.
we feed her quality food and take her out on many walks
Wendy hutton says
we make sure we walk him 2 times a day and feed him properly
I make sure what I feed our dog is good for him and we are always out at the park with the ball!
Darlene Schuller says
My dog is 9, we take walks daily and sometimes 2xs a day depending on the weather.
The main thing we do is get them out walking a lot and visiting the dog park.
Silvia D says
lots of outdoor walks and play, good quality food and regular vet check ups
Tara Betterley says
We try to walk the dog daily and we play with her by throwing her balls in the backyard. In the summer, we take her camping with us so, she is constantly walking.
Good exercise, good food and we make sure she gets all her check ups and whatever else she needs
Carly Williams says
We take our dog for walks on the beach to keep her healthy and happy!
Leslie W-H says
The main thing that keeps our little dog healthy and happy is two walks daily. (Of course, that is my husband’s job, so hopefully it keeps him healthy and happy as well!)
Judy Cowan says
We make sure our dogs get regular vet check-ups & brush their teeth to help keep them active & healthy!
Florence Cochrane says
Healthy food, exercise and visits to the vet.