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Making a New Year's Resolution for You and Your Dog

Ring in the New Year with these resolutions for you and your dog.

With every new year comes a list of resolutions we set in hopes of improving ourselves and our lives for the next 12 months. What about our loving doggie companions? Here are some great resolutions that you can make to improve your dog’s life in the new year.

1. Go on more walks. Walking is not only good for your dog, but it’s good for you too! It gets your dog outside in the fresh air giving them stimulation and adventure while at the same time getting your heart rate going and giving you some great exercise.

2. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Sometimes we get a bit behind on brushing our dog’s teeth, so why not resolve yourself to setting a daily schedule for this important health maintenance task. Regular brushing can get rid of tartar and keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Making teeth brushing a priority for your dog will benefit their overall health.

3. Add more healthy treats to your dog’s diet. Dog treats have come along way from plain biscuits, so why not resolve yourself to invest in some healthy and great tasting treats for your dog. My dog’s favorites are Fruitables that come in all kinds of flavors like Pumpkin and Blueberry, Greek Strawberry Yogurt, and Sweet Potato and Pecan. She also is a big fan of the all-organic treats from Ava’s Pet Palace like Gone Bananas, Peanutty Paws and Cheeze Pleaze.

4. Take a Doggie First Aid Class so you can be prepared to help your dog in case of an emergency. Knowing what to do in a doggie emergency can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. In doggie first aid you will learn how to give your dog CPR, check your dog’s vitals, care for wounds and injuries, and much more. Check out the American Red Cross for pet first aid classes and a pet first aid app you can keep on your phone.

5. Add more activities to your dog’s daily routine that can stimulate their brain and keep them active. Dogs can get bored just like people, so adding some challenging games and activities to your dog’s routine can add some spark into their lives and keep their brains active. Change up where you and your dog go for a walk. A new route often brings new smells and stimulates your doggie’s brain. Fun at-home activities can include a snuffle mat. My dog loves her snuffle mat where I hide food and treats that she uses her nose to find. Check out Fun, Cognitive Training Games to Make Your Dog Smarter for some fun activity ideas for your dog.

6. Get in more doggie play dates with your dog’s favorite furry friends. Dogs love the company of other dogs, so more playtime with their doggie friends will add more fun and enjoyment into their daily life.

7. Spend more quality time with your dog. Dogs love to be in the company of their Pet Moms and Dads, so make a resolution to set aside time each day to spend with your dog playing, grooming, or giving them a massage. Giving your dog a massage everyday can strengthen the bond with your dog improving their life as well as your own.

Have a great New Year and don’t forget to Hug Your Dog Today!

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