The new year is almost here, and it's a good time to reflect on all that has happened in the past twelve months. It also brings with it the inevitable list of resolutions. It's a time to make a new promise to yourself for the upcoming year. This year it could be to stop smoking, lose weight, drink less alcohol, write a blog, be nicer to your family, etc, etc. After choosing a lofty goal for yourself
(which will most likely be discarded by the 2nd of January), why not set an attainable one for you and your dog?
- Feed better food - it all starts with nutrition. Start looking outside of the grocery store. They generally only carry the cheapest (read: worst) brands. Do your dog a favor, and do some homework.
- Maintain a healthy weight - if your dog's fat, make him lose weight. Obesity is not funny or cute - it's a serious issue and should not be taken lightly.
- Clean their teeth - whether you decide to go the traditional route with toothpaste and a toothbrush (yes, they do make them for dogs) or to give your dog a bone once in a while (raw only - no cooked bones!), dental hygiene is important to your dog's health.
- Socialize more - dogs are social animals, and they learn a lot from being around their own kind. The better socialized your dog, the more places you'll be able to take him or her.
- Play more - in addition to needing canine socialization, your dog also benefits greatly from interaction with you and other humans.
- Add your dog to your family vacation - don't leave Petsy stuck home alone or in a kennel. Take him with you! Dogs get bored and need a change of pace just as much as humans do.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. I'd like to hear more from you. If you have any other ideas for resolutions to better your dog's health in the upcoming year, I'd love to hear them...