We hope you had a happy time ringing in the New Year! Now, it may only be the first day of the year, but it is never too early to set a New Year's resolution! I know New Year's resolutions get a bad wrap because a lot of people promise the same thing every year - lose weight, stop smoking, etc. - and then only stick to it for a few days.
Given we love our dogs and want the best for them, why not make a New Year's resolution that you can keep - one that involves your dog?! Resolve to do more with your dog. That can mean many things to many people, but here are some ideas for resolutions that you can stick to with your dog:
Usually this one can be tough when you do it on your own, but with your dog by your side, it's a lot easier. Your dog needs exercise too, so why not practice this together? If you have a small dog, take a small walk...if you have a big dog, take a big walk. You will both enjoy it!
It's simple...playing more with your dog - whether inside or out - will strengthen your bond and bring happiness to you both. Play fetch, tug of war, or hide-and-seek. This is one resolution that you can easily stick to!
There is always more room for affection when it comes to your dog! Dogs are live-in-the-now creatures and constant love and affection is a-okay with them. More hug, more kisses and more cuddling will surely have a positive effect on both you and your dog.
Commit to your dog's health. Taking him to the vet for regular check-ups, brushing her teeth regularly at home, clipping his nails, bathing and grooming. Focusing on your dog's health sets up a path to a long, healthy life.
Training a dog sets boundaries and gives your dog a job, and a way to please you. Working with your dog on training, whether it be basic commands, learning new tricks, or training for competition, is essential and beneficial. Not only will training strengthen your bond, it will also create a well-rounded and behaving dog which equals a happy owner. If you aren't sure where to start, look around for some training guides or ask your vet for some dog trainer recommendations. For useful training DVDs and some great free dog training advice, visit the Original Dog Whisperer's site.
As seen on many bumper stickers, dogs make great co-pilots. No need to travel far and wide, become a tourist in your own city, and take your dog along. There are always pet friendly options when it comes to traveling. If you do travel far, no need to leave your pup at home, look into dog friendly hotels and hit the road. Traveling can be relaxing and it is a great way to spend time with your dog and get out in the world.
Whatever resolutions you decide on for 2010, just keep your furry friend in mind! Do you have any New Year's resolutions that involve your pup?
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