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10 New Year’s resolutions for your dog.

We all have New Year’s resolutions and why not add a few for your dog.Here are 10 new year’s resolutions for your dog.dog list

  1. Exercise more: whether your dog is young and full of energy or a bit older with a couple of extra pounds, in general most dogs don’t get enough exercise. Anything from walking a bit more, running, swimming, playing fetch, etc. can make a huge difference in your dog’s overall wellbeing. But if exercising more is not on your New Year’s resolution, don’t worry, bring your pup into doggy daycamp and we’ll tire him out for you.dog swim
  2. Smell new places: do you ever wonder if your dog’s life might be a bit boring? Well, unless your lucky dog gets to ride around with you on errands and smell new places all the time, then odds are he is probably a bit bored. A great way to achieve this is just getting in the car and driving to a new neighborhood or a new park for your morning or evening walk.
  3. dog trickTeach a new trick: yes, even old dogs can learn new tricks. This is a fabulous way to do a bit of dog training, interact with your dog and depending on the cute trick you teach your dog, it might be entertaining for the whole family. If you need a bit of help with this one, just contact our dog trainer, she is happy to help.
  4. Check all vaccinations: this might be something that you already do throughout the year, but as our dogs get older we tend to forget about vaccinations. Take a moment to look over your dog’s records and see if everything is up to date.
  5. Update microchip info: if you haven’t microchipped your dog then we strongly suggest that you do, it is a great tool for all dog parents to have in case your dog is ever lost. Updating the information is usually pretty easy these days so make sure everything is current. If you are not sure about the type of microchip in your dog, or if they even have one, visit your veterinarian so they can scan your dog, then update everything, address and phone numbers, not just one or the other.fur do
  6. Try a new fur do: most pups are used to going in for a bath and nails, but have you ever thought of giving your dog a new do? Come in and chat with our groomers, they have plenty of suggestions and expertise.
  7. Teach your dog a new game: games are super fun no matter how old your dog is. Games like: hide and seek, fetch, the recall game, find dinner, etc. are great ways to enrich your dog’s life.
  8. nose workJoin a class: dog training covers so much more than you may think, it is not all “sit”, “down”, “stay”. Dog training classes don’t just cover the basics, you can teach very advanced stuff to most dogs. There are nose work classes, dog sports like rally, agility and treiball, dog tricks, dog adventures, dog swimming, and many others.
  9. dogtreatsBake your dog’s treats: homemade dog treats are great and easy to make. There are many different recipes to choose from and you have the added bonus of no preservatives and knowing EVERYTHING about what went into the treats.
  10. Get a proper dog massage: most dogs love to get petted, but have you ever given your pup a proper massage? There are professionals out there that can help you. From instructional videos and books to people who give pet massages. They are a lot more popular than you may think and your dog will love it!massage
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This story was written by Agatha Weisz

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