New Year’s signifies a chance to take stock of the year that has been and a chance for new beginnings. It’s a brand new year to make brand new choices and new resolutions to make life better. As you write down your own resolutions, plan to involve your dog’s needs. Here are some things to consider when making resolutions for your dog:
One of the items that feature on most resolutions lists is getting and staying fit, and that should also go for your dog. Watch what you feed your dog and feed her according to her age and her level of activity. If she has special dietary needs put those into consideration as well. Some dog parents recommend measuring the food instead of using guesswork to ensure the dog does not overfeed. In addition to diet, make sure you exercise her as often as possible to keep her fit and to burn extra calories.
Make a point of taking your dog for her routine checkups at the vet’s. As always, preventive medicine works better than trying to treat the disease once the dog is sick. If you have pending appointments that you have been putting off, this is the time to make those visits. Resolve not to be missing any of your dog’s appointments in the future.
Since New Year’s is a time for a change, your dog should also have a brand new way of behaving. It is time to kick bad habits. If she has developed a habit of barking for no reason train her appropriately so that she only barks when there is real danger approaching.
Pick a new activity to do together with your dog. If you have only been going for walks, you can start jogging at a moderate pace and pick up speed with time. You can also start hiking together or try going off camping for a few days together.
If your dog is one of those cute ones with long fluffy hair, you can give her a new hairdo. If she has been sporting a long coat you can trim it and vice versa. Take her to a professional groomer for a new and unique look. Nothing gives a dog a feel of new beginnings like a new hairdo does.
Most importantly plan to spend more time with your dog in the coming year. No amount of pampering can replace your affection, time and tender loving care in your dog’s heart.