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Our dogs are a daily reminder to live life to the fullest. I can’t imagine our home without Chance & Kona! For the smiles and happiness, they bring us, and there are many articles about the different ways dogs improve our lives, the least we can do is make them happy. From finding the right food that they love to eat to belly scratches here are 10 ways we make our dogs happy.

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10 Ways We Make Our Dogs Happy

  1. Nightly walks – we learned a LONG time ago that our dogs need daily exercise. They love our nightly walks and we do too!
  2. Belly scratches – petting the dogs not only makes them happy, but us happy too. Kona especially loves her belly scratches.10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge
  3. New toys from Target – we almost always go down the dog toy aisle on our Target runs. We love seeing what’s new!10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge 10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge
  4. Food they love that provides balanced nutrition. Kona has become pickier in her older age so I was on the hunt for a new food that she liked that provided all the  nutrition she needed. Our vet has always recommended Purina so we decided to take the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge and picked up a bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Adult Dry Dog Food at Target. I thought Kona would like the mixture of crunchy bites & tender, meaty morsels. I ended up choosing this one because our vet stressed the importance of the fact that every ingredient has a purpose and that everything that goes into their foods works together to provide balanced nutrition for my pet and there are no added fillers or artificial flavors. She loves it and is so excited once again when breakfast and dinner time comes around!10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge 10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge 10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge
  5. Travel – whenever we can we travel with our dogs. They love checking out new sites (and smells) but most of all, they love that we take them with us.Celebrate National Dog Day with Autotrader! They have some great tips on choosing a dog-friendly car and are even have a "New Dog Smell" air freshener
  6. Comfy beds – you should see all the dog beds around our house! They have nice big dog beds and a “nest” of comforters that they dig and form into what they want. This is Kona’s current fave.10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge
  7. Learning tricks – to keep their brains going the boys work on little “tricks” with them here and there.
  8. Games – we love to play games with the dogs whether it’s just hiding a treat or trying out a new game made specifically to play with your dog.
  9. Structure – our dogs seem to love staying on a similar schedule so they let me know when it’s breakfast time. They aren’t thrilled with the boys’ early wake up call for school so they usually sleep in a bit and then come out to start their little morning routine around 7:30/8am.
  10. Being Outside – we love this time of year because we can do this so much more often. If I’m working on the laptop, I’ll sit outside so the dogs can explore the backyard. Kona chases lizards and sniffs the ground to check out all the new smells for the day.10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge

Take the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge

When we switched Kona over to Purina ONE® SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Adult Dry Dog Food we tracked her progress along 28 days. The Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge is a period of time where you feed your dog Purina ONE® and track their changes! Do they love it, how is their energy, skin, etc.

Starting off, Kona cleaned her bowl so we knew she liked it. I think she loved the tender, meaty morsels! About a week in we noticed she was full of energy and just as ready to go on our nightly walks as Chance. 2 weeks in the boys made a comment about her improved digestion after picking up the backyard. Towards the end, we can definitely tell that her coat looks so pretty and healthy along with her bright eyes (and smile of course). It’s definitely a keeper around here & she’s still cleaning her bowl every meal!

10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge 10 ways we make our dogs happy plus how she did on the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge

You could see a difference in 28 days when you make the switch to Purina ONE®.

Be sure to check out even more Purina ONE® inspiration here too! What’s your favorite way to make your dog happy?

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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