14 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog for 2015


14 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog for 2015



Dec 29, 2014



14 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog for 2015

  1. Learn portion control: Research the proper amount of food for your dog’s weight and activity level and measure out exact portions and use a regular feeding schedule to get overeating under control.
  2. Get more exercise: Set a goal of at least three 20 minute walks per day
  3. Stop snacking: Just like you, your dog’s diet should include only a few treats per day. Include the calorie-count of treats in your dog’s diet and adjust feedings accordingly.
  4. No more people food: Although there are some “human foods” that are fine for your dog to eat, he doesn’t know what’s good and what’s not. Aim to wean Fido off table scraps altogether to improve his health and manners.
  5. Make new friends: Schedule visits to the dog park into your weekly routine.
  6. Work on doggy paddle: As the seasons warm, plan trips to rivers, lakes, or a dog park near water to get your pooch some exercise and practice swimming, an essential safety skill.
  7. Learn new tricks: Even an old dog can learn new tricks or brush up on the old ones. Use the internet to find training tips and go back to the basics or have fun learning something new.
  8. Doggy-proof your house: Look for medicines left accessible, cupboards with cleaning supplies that can be easily opened, easily accessible trash and recycling bins and other potential hazards.
  9. Polish those pearly whites: Fido should be brushing regularly so get started and aim for a daily tooth brushing. If you aren’t brushing already, start slowly so your dog can adapt to the routine.
  10. Get groomed: Tackle this task yourself or use the services of a professional groomer, but keep his fur clean and not matted, and care for your dogs toenails to ward off risk of infection and disease, and makes him more comfortable too.
  11. Take care of business: Schedule annual vet visits, renew your dog’s license, check that all id tags are still on and in good shape, and take care of any other tasks that may be forgotten throughout the year.
  12. Schedule time for your dog: Just like any other part of your life, fit your dog into your daily schedule; include times not just to feed and walk your “best friend,” but also set times each day to focus on play.
  13. Play more: Spending more time playing with your dog is good for you and him, so make it happen!
  14. Share the love: This year, find a way to help dogs or other animals in need by volunteering or donating to rescues, shelters and other organizations that aim to help animals. 

 






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