Choosing to set new year’s dog resolutions makes for happier dogs.
Dog resolutions can mean a better year for you and your dog.
Walk Your Dog – One of your first dog resolutions should be to walk your dog. Walking your dog everyday will help you and your pet get into better shape. By using a control walk mixed with an occasional heel command, you will be reinforcing your dog’s place in the family.
Obedience Training – Another important dog resolution is to either teach or brush up their obedience skills. If you haven’t already taught your dog the basics, it is never too late to start! If you know what to do, make sure you are being consistent. Resolve to spend 5-10 minutes every other day brushing up on your dog’s obedience skills. While you are at it, come to a few tune-up classes and really flex your leadership muscles.
Annual Exam – Just like people, dogs need to have an annual check-up to make sure that everything is working properly and that there is nothing going on beneath the surface. Since symptoms can go unnoticed, a visit to your veterinarian’s office might be the key to catching something early. If your pet has not seen a veterinarian in the last year consider making an appointment for its physical exam.
Socialization – If your dog isn’t given the opportunity to be around other dogs, then problems can arise. You might notice barking when you are out for a walk or other situations signaling your dog is uncomfortable. This can escalate into something more, so it’s always a good idea to allow your dog to socialize with other pets in a safe environment.
Helping a Rescue Organization– What a great New Year’s dog resolution! Rescue organizations are always in need of volunteers, food and blankets, or monetary contributions. You can celebrate your dog by giving to an animal welfare organization.