Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Merging Routines With Your Dog To Live Healthier

Just as we get up every morning at a particular time, so do our furry friends. Human beings have immense creativity bubbling away at the back of our minds all the time. But in truth, we’re actually animals that love routine and order. Living a chaotic lifestyle that doesn’t have periods throughout the day or breakfast, midday, evening and night make us about as rigid as a plate of jelly. This is why the term body-clock came into fashion because it describes the routine our mind and body has within in. We’re by not nocturnal animals by nature, so when we get up in the morning, it's good to know you’re preparing for the rest of the day. The daylight hours are the time we spend to live our lives. Right from the off this means we need a routine to help us get into this mode and stay on the tracks. Our pets, namely our dogs are orderly animals themselves. They need a routine for when you’re not at home, i.e. at work, and for one when the pack leader comes home again.





Help each other to wake up


Getting up the morning and being functional don’t always go hand in hand. We’re in a daze when we first get up, purely just moving off of our instincts. Dogs aren’t normally that way, and they have a lot of primal instincts that come to the fore. To help each other wake up properly in both mind and body, you should consider a morning routine. Dogs are pack animals, and thus they feel the need to protect their territory. They obviously don’t know that the neighborhood you live isn’t theirs to own. But nevertheless, waking up and going for an early dawn walk with your dog is beneficial for both of you. Firstly it's a psychological reaffirmation to the dog that you run the agenda, i.e. you’re the pack leader. As your dog sniffs around, exciting his or her senses, this is your chance to get your own joints and muscles in gear. It takes us a little time to get the gears in our minds to move but having a task that isn’t physically taxing to do such as ‘patrolling’ with your dog helps to shake the cobwebs loose.



Caring about nutrition works both ways

As dog owners, we consciously don’t feed them junk food or food that would harm them. Yet we’re only too happy to eat things ourselves that we know we shouldn’t. Hence, by being conscious of what you’re feeding your dog at breakfast time, this attitude to nutrition might rub off on you subconsciously. Dogs are similar when it comes to the morning meal. They don’t like heavy, protein and fat-rich food that will make them feel sluggish and bloated. A simple choice for your pooch is lean boiled or grilled chicken breast with a little bit of kibble. Alternatively, you can get creative and make carrot, apple, and oat biscuits that dogs will be more than happy to munch down. Hopefully, for the moral reasons you give your dog healthy and energizing food, you’ll also take on the same kind of diet. Don’t be afraid to slide in some blueberries, grapes, raspberries and strawberries into your breakfast meal. Again, lighter foods are better so take the banana to work with you rather than eating it with your toast or cereal.



Evening treats and prepared snacks

After a long hard day at work, sometimes you just want to bury your face in a bar of chocolate or a bag of donuts. These are essentially guilty pleasures that one may determine to be treated. It's a thin line as most of us know treats are basically justified junk food. It doesn't have to be this way actually. Start with your dog; you don’t want to get them fat and groggy so what might you feed them? Evenings are great for teatime treats that stops dogs from wanting to eat early or too much. But again, it doesn’t have to be a fatty and salty duck liver or oxtail your dog nibbles on. Looking at the lineup on Betsy Farms, you have options of lean grilled chicken strips and meatballs. For an extra punch of flavor, dried out meats such as duck and turkey jerky are great for dogs who reject blander treats. The classic pig’s ear is also available for dogs who want their treats to last and maybe play with them too. For yourself coming home and wanting a quick snack shouldn’t have to be a chore. Instead, have something ready waiting in the fridge. Part of the reason why we resort to the quick unhealthy option is that we don’t want to stand in the kitchen and make food from scratch, just after finishing an 8-hour shift. Make ready a roast chicken salad, bean burrito, or finger food such as mini quiches so you can just take them out and eat with no effort. 



Before the final meal


Dinner is the final meal of the day, and it's something that we don’t miss because as aforementioned, we’re creatures of routine. However, before you plate-up and begin eating, think about what your dog wants to do just as the light begins to fade. He or she wants to finish off the day, just as their routine began; with a walk of course. Leave whatever you’ve got cooking on the stove or better yet plan you are cooking as such. Allow the final moments of cooking to happen at a lower heat or just let the already cooked meal cooldown. Take your dog out for a walk again, on the same path and some direction you took in the morning. You’ll get your body moving again and keep yourself healthy while your dog will be in his or her own world again.
Mixing your routine with your dog’s has a lot of benefits. First and foremost you’ll become more physically active which helps to keep the unwanted weight off. Secondly, a morning walk bolsters both of your routines. It will help you to get up early and stick to your alarm time rather than shutting it off for an extra five minutes; after all, you have your dog waiting for your downstairs. Thirdly, it will help you to be more conscious of what you put in your own body and improve your diet in the making. 

16 travelers' comments:

Sarah Honey said...

This is a great idea. Never thought about adding them in since we're always taking them for walks.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

When we had a dog getting into a daily training habit was very important. We took him to different parks and walking areas along with play areas.

Jenny Finney said...

OMGoodness! My dogs think they own our whole street and will bark at anyone walking. I think it's a good idea to take the dogs for a walk, just so they can get their exercise. They LOVE IT when we take them for car rides or take them for walks and I totally agree with giving our dogs only healthy foods to eat.

Marcie W. said...

What a wonderful concept! I know including my dog in my health and wellness routine would definitely add some excitement. After all, those evening walks are beneficial to us both!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I only have cats and unfortunately, they do not want to be walked ;) But I do try to jog daily and I occasionally watch what I eat. Plus I've been drinking more water.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

This is such a good idea, having a dog can make such a huge difference to your life both mentally and physically.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Our dog loves to run free in the back yard in the morning, I think that's his way of stretching from sleeping all night. Snacks are something he's always up for.

Pam said...

Walking with your dog is a great way for both of you to get exercise. Plus dogs love seeing the sights and smells and it's nice to get out of the house.

Anosa Malanga VA said...

Giving a quality time and sharing moments with our furr babies is really part of our commitment to them. Treating them with importance. They give happiness to us so we should also treat them well.

ANOSA said...

I love how you are taking care of your pets. Such lucky pets they have good and caring parents. Walking your pets makes you both healthy and fit.

Brandi Hayden said...

These are some great ideas. You have to take care of your pets like they are your kids.

Heather said...

We don’t have a dog yet but we will be getting one soon. I love your ideas. We are starting a new healthier lifestyle and would love for our pet to have the same healthy diet and lifestyle.

Mimicutelips said...

This is a smart idea, it’s funny how we treat our pets better than we treat ourselves.

Farrah Less G. said...

We are considering to get a dog maybe soon, this is a big help to start with. Its always great to stay fit and be active with family. Working out is always my to go activity.

Amanda Simkin said...

I know this sounds silly, but I really think that being a pet owner has make me a healthier person. Not only do we walk our sweet dog twice a week, we also spend a ton of time cuddling and there is nothing more soothing than petting soft fur and feeling unconditional love.

Heather Jones said...

I don't have dogs, but I definitely understand what you mean by body clocks and routines. I'm trying to establish some good routines in the new year that will hopefully carry over into the rest of the year.

Post a Comment

I love comments so leave me a line or two and I will follow your trail and comment back.

AddThis

It's been..

Daisypath - Personal pictureDaisypath Anniversary tickers




 
Travels and Wandering " © 2011 │ Template by Demcy Apdian-Dias │ Tweaked by EnAiRrAh