We all want our dogs to be happy, and many owners will go out of their way to shower their pet pooch with affection and buy them treats on a daily basis.

However, recent research has suggested that some dog owners are forgetting the fundamentals when it comes to canine wellbeing, and as a result are ending up with rather dejected four-legged friends.

A study commissioned by Butcher's Pet Care found that nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of pet dogs are unhappy, while one per cent of owners went as far as to say their canine companions are depressed.

But these results don't seem too surprising when we consider that half of dogs in the survey get less than half an hour of exercise per day, ten per cent never socialise with other dogs and 32 per cent of owners are unaware of their pet's weight.

"Our study identified three core foundations of a dog's life that have the biggest impact on them - modern pack life, nutrition and diet, and play and exercise," said Clare Scallon, from Butcher's Pet Care

"We wanted to understand how far we have moved from a dog's natural behaviour, but more importantly what we can do now to maintain a healthy balance between our modern lives and their natural instincts."

However, it's not all bad news, as the survey also revealed that more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of British dogs are happy, while 28 per cent of owners said their canine companions are the happiest they could be.

But if your pooch does seem a little down in the dumps, it's worth taking a good look at their lifestyle to see if there's anything you can change to make them a little happier.

For example, you could trying switching from your standard brand of dog food to a premium dog food, taking your pup out for more exercise or making more time for your pet to socialise with other canines.

Written by: Hannah