New Year Resolutions for You and Your Canine Companions

Isn’t it amazing that the vast majority of people choose New Year to make their resolutions when the smart people know that any time of year is fine? Do you do this? What will your New Year’s resolutions be this time?

Do you want to shift those extra pounds that you certainly don’t need? Do you want to make more money next year? Do you want to cut your costs and spend less money next year? Perhaps you have some grand travel plans or want to learn a new skill like karate?

Whatever you want to do it is always a good idea to write your resolutions down. You will be much more likely to follow through if you have them in written form. So what about your dog? What New Year resolutions do you have in store for your pooch?

Surely this is madness even thinking about your furry friend having New Year resolutions? Well it isn’t madness, and a lot more people are doing this now. We all need to do more and improve our lives. Why shouldn’t that apply to your dog as well?

If you are stuck with ideas for canine resolutions for next year then we have compiled a list of suggestions to help you. Of course, you will need to be involved in the process as your pooch cannot do this alone. So, let’s see if one of these will suit…

#1. Lose those extra Pounds

How does your dog look to you? Are they lean and mean or carrying a little extra? It is vital for your pooch’s health that they do not get overweight. Maybe they do not exercise enough or eat the wrong things. Maybe they are suffering from stiff joints or arthritis and could do with some pain relief to put the pep back in their step

Whatever it is you need to fix it. Get your dog off the couch and go to the park – whatever the weather! The exercise will do you good as well. Get the right information about the right diet for your canine depending on their age. Keep those fatty treats down to a minimum, or replace them with tasty supplement treats that will not make them pile on the weight and do them good at the same time!

There are many things that you can do to control your dog’s weight. Take action and your pet will thank you for it in the long run. Don’t let your pooch become a “fatty” and too lethargic to go out for the long walks you have always loved to do together.

#2. Treat Visitors better

We all want our canine crusaders to protect us from the dangers outside, but sometimes they can go too far. When someone knocks on your door or rings the front doorbell how do they behave? Do they bark like crazy and jump up at the door?

Or maybe your dog goes to the other extreme and welcomes everybody into your home regardless if they know them or not? If your visitor sits in a chair does your pooch smother then and lick them to death? Most visitors will be too polite to say anything, but they may be feeling uncomfortable about all of this unwanted doggy attention.

You want to strike a balance here. If a stranger approaches then your pet should be cautious but not explode into crazy bouts of growling and barking. If it is someone that the family knows then the lick-fests may need to stop, or at least be tempered. Some Positive-Reinforcement Training should sort this out.If you want some refresher tips on this technique, check out the Humane Society website

#3. Eradicate bad Pee habits

Even the most house-trained pooch can make mistakes sometimes and mistake your furniture for their urinal. Maybe your dog is having difficulty “holding it in” at night and the morning walk is just too far away.

There are two actions here. The first is to get your canine checked out at your veterinarian to ensure all is well in the waterworks department. If your dog is older they may be suffering with a bladder retention issue, which means that they will need to relieve themselves during the night. You can’t fix it if you don’t fully understand the problem.

If everything is OK on the health front then you will need some retraining so that your pooch only pees where they should. This certainly doesn’t include inside your home of course. You can learn dog behavioural training skills yourself or hire an expert.

#4. Do New things

You do not want your furry best friend to suffer from cognitive deterioration – whatever age they may be. Studies have proven that you can avoid cognitive deterioration if your pet is involved in new things that are mentally stimulating.

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Challenge them with puzzle feeders and other great gadgets. Puzzle feeders are especially good as your canine will have to think about how they can get at the food.

#5. Grooming and Hygiene

Do you groom your pooch enough? You should be doing this every day. It is important that you get rid of any excess fur from their main coat. This will make their coat shinier as you will distribute essential oils from their skin to their coat.

Your dog will love your daily attention when you groom them. It will sooth and calm them and put them in a relaxed state. It doesn’t take that long to groom the average pooch. Get the family involved with this too so that the workload is shared.

It is vital that you take good care of your dog’s teeth. There are special canine toothbrushes and toothpastes available now so take advantage of this. If your pet has never had their teeth cleaned before then you are going to encounter some resistance, but persevere as you will be helping to keep plaque and tartar away.

Get your best friend healthy from the inside out with an all-natural prebiotic/probiotic supplement – read why this is so important and beneficial for your beloved pet on our website http://www.fidoactive.com/probiotic.html 

#6. What if you don’t have a Dog?

Well you can add a New Year’s resolution of your own – to become a shelter volunteer. Dog shelters need volunteers all of the time. You could be doing any number of things like checking in new arrivals, grooming, walking or even potty training some of the canines.

There are several benefits from becoming a shelter volunteer. You will meet other like minded people there and form new friendships. These people will love dogs the same as you and you are bound to get on well with them.

Shelters want to find new homes for pooches, and with your help the dogs are prepared faster for this. Each new animal will be different and will need different kinds of help. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a hound who had no skills at all, turn into a homeready pet under your guidance.

Being a volunteer at the local shelter will keep you active. You will have no time to get bored, as there will always be something that needs your attention. Don’t waste your life sitting in front of the TV – do something meaningful and become a dog shelter volunteer.

Sadly, many shelters are inundated with new intakes at the start of the New Year, sometimes as a result of unwanted Christmas gifts, soDON’T DELAY – they need your help NOW!

 

Whatever you decide to do, we hope all your New Year resolutions come true!

Wishing you and your canine companions a happy and healthy 2018!

 

 

 

Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team