There are three simple steps required to insure that your dog lives a happy and healthy life. Your dog requires a good diet, fresh water and exercise. These three things seem simple enough, but caring for a dog can be a lot of work and the dog certainly can't take care of itself. Try and put aside your work, stress and chores and be sure to spend a little time concentrating on the things that will make you dog happy and help insure a long and healthy life.
The proper food is a very important aspect of your dog's life. You wouldn't eat fast foot everyday and for every meal. You would get fat, lazy and greatly shorten your life span. Have you seen the movie "Super Size Me"? So, if you wouldn't do that to yourself, then you shouldn't do it to your dog either! With pet food, as with most things in life, the more you spend the better the item will be. There are exceptions though, so it is important to read the ingredients label on your pet food. You want dog food without fillers and by products. Usually the best bet are all natural dog foods, because they will have the daily nutrients that are needed for healthy dog. A good diet will increase energy, and provide a healthier coat then generic or bargain brand food.
Fresh water is a requirement for a healthy dog. Again, think about yourself. Would you want to drink water that has been sitting around for awhile (and drooled in)? Change it as often as possible. It may be a good idea to keep it in the kitchen, so that it is near the sink. Every time that you go get something to eat or drink, change the water.
The third component to a healthy dog is exercise. A sedentary lifestyle will affect your dog's health. Take the dog for walks or play games with him. This will help your health too and help to bond you with your dog.