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New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

New Year's Resolutions As the calendar passed from 2017 to 2018, it’s time for new year’s resolutions, right? What are some resolutions dog owners can make?

Resolutions to Consider

Well, almost everyone decides they’re going to eat healthier and exercise more, and that can go for dogs, too! Better yet, it should be a resolution for both dog owners and their dogs. How can a dog owner accomplish this? For starters, 2018 should be the year you decide to measure the food you give your dog, rather than just letting him or her eat to the point of obesity. As for exercise, you probably already do dog walks, so this year, spice things up with some new routines. Perhaps visit an area dog park once a week, or go to a “dog gym” and experience “dog yoga (aka doga).” Yes, that is a thing nowadays!

Next, make this year the year your dog gets microchipped. The microchip is a modern miracle for lost dogs. In the old days, dogs would lose their tags and then be lost forever. Today, however, a microchip can be implanted in your furry friend with your name, phone number and address. That way, if the dog ever wanders off, you’ve got a much better chance of getting your loved one back. If your dog already has a microchip, ensure that the info is current. Many people move or change numbers and forget to update their dog’s microchip info.

When’s the last time you took your dog for a grooming session or a visit to the vet? It’s easy to get lax about those things, so in the new year, resolve to take your dog to both a groomer and a vet twice during the year. Call ahead and make your appointments– for example, for March and for November. These appointments are important because they help ensure the dog is healthy and happy. They get their nails trimmed, their teeth brushed, and other “maintenance” things.

Finally, let the new year bring new games and tricks! Rather than letting your dog get bored, decide to teach him or her one new trick per month. Come up with new games that will get their brains working. Doing so will strengthen your bond while also showing your pet dog you love them and want to “play” with them. Dogs CRAVE attention and mental stimulation. In 2018, resolve to pay your dog even more attention than last year!

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

For some people, pets are extensions of their families, and life without them can seem unimaginable. Deciding whether to travel with your pet is always a hard decision to make, but it’s important to remember to make one with your pet’s safety in mind. Below are some reasons why you may want to consider leaving…

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Dogs are a beloved part of the family in millions of American homes. While dogs make great companions for humans, they also need play time in order to be as healthy and happy as possible. These are a few of the reasons why dogs need play time. Exercise Hanging around the house all day without…

The Importance of Dogs Interactions

The Importance of Dogs Interactions

Imagine what would happen to you if you spent all day cooped up inside of your house with almost no interaction with the outside world. It probably wouldn’t be long before you started driving yourself crazy! You might even turn into a mean and nasty person due to lack of interaction. Well, guess what? The…

Easter and Your Pet

Easter and Your Pet

The Easter holidays are a special time to share with your family, eat good food and enjoy the spring weather. But when you’re having a bunch of family members come to your home for Easter dinner, there are a few things you may not have realized can be a hazard to your pet. Here are…

June is Pet Microchipping Month

It can be horrible when pets get out and run away from home. To prepare for this, pet owners typically make sure that their cat or dog wears an identification collar or tags in the hope that when someone finds them, they will be contacted. The problem with those is that they can slip off…

Planning a Summer Vacation? Let Us House Your Pup

With summer arriving soon, many families are gearing up and planning ahead for their vacations. Unfortunately, sometimes our four-legged friends can’t come along for the trip, though. While we could leave them with a family member or neighbor, often times their own busy schedules could end up leaving our pets by themselves more than we…

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

A time of happiness and cheer for us humans, the busy holiday season involves a few safety hazards for our four-legged friends. Follow these tips when including your dogs and cats in the holiday festivities to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Decorations Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial,…