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13 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

With the arrival of a new year inevitably comes a variety of new year’s “resolutions.” We vow to better ourselves through losing weight, quitting smoking, stop procrastinating, and so on. But how may we improve ourselves as pet owners? What new year’s resolutions should dog owners consider? Here are 13 suggestions for your consideration.

  1. 1. Vow to provide your dog with the highest quality nutrition possible. This means researching the ingredients in dog food and often, thinking outside the grocery store kibble aisle. The Whole Dog Journal is a fantastic publication which publishes annual dog food reviews. WDJ offers unbiased reviews as a publication which subsists entirely on subscription revenue – they do not accept advertisements from manufacturers.
  2. 2. Make it a point to ensure your dog’s health through providing adequate and appropriate exercise.
  3. 3. Be realistic about your dog’s weight. It’s scary how few people recognize weight problems in dogs and equally scary when people think their pet’s obesity is funny or a joke. Obesity shortens longevity, both in dogs and people. If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs easily, he is too fat. Ask your vet for guidance in regulating his weight and achieving healthy body condition.
  4. 4. Train your dog. Training is not a luxury, it is necessary Not only will appropriate training make living with your dog more enjoyable for you, it will make life more enjoyable for your dog by providing him with the mental stimulation all dogs need and crave.
  5. 5. Play with your dog. Play can take many forms – training, tug, fetch, food dispensing toys, nose work games and exercises, off leash adventures in safe environments, etc.

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