That doesn't mean table scraps, pepperoni or ice cream. It means something developed with your dog's nutritional needs in mind. Preferably without having "by-products" listed as the first ingredients. What is a "by-product"anyway? http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/animal-by-products/
4. Let them chase things
But only in an enclosed area. Loose dogs equal injured dogs, or worse. A dog's view is narrow, they see the prey, not the cars that will cross the path between chaser and chasee. If you don't have a fenced yard a ball field and a Frisbee works wonders.
The last thing you need is a wet snout in your face. Or dirty paws on your new pants. Or a fur ball lying on top of you when you need a nap. Or a little bundle of energy at your heels. On a soft caress of a tongue on your cheek when you're sad. Or the comfort of a warm body next to you when you would have been alone. Or an enthusiastic greeting after a long day. Or a friend to share your life with.
2. Correct them when they're wrong
A dog sees things different. He sees us two legged creatures as mysterious beings that could :
a. be a playmate
b. be an enemy or
c. be a leader.
Let them play with the butterflies and other dogs, they don't need any enemies, but they crave leadership. The peace and comfort they thrive on begins with you. Taking the lead role in their lives takes the pressure of leadership away from them and they can then focus on what they do best.
1. Be kind. Always
There is nothing in our world more powerful that kindness. It transcends species, heals, soothes and comforts. Dogs are kindness personified. Given the proper example their entire lives can be spent in a state of conscious kindness that not only allows them to lead a life of peace and tranquility, but also lets their friends and masters get a taste of life in the moment, where nothing much matters except the pursuit of the next blissful moment.
That's about it. Enjoy your dog, because to him, you are everything.