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Our Top 5 Picks for Doggie New Year’s Resolutions

Many people set New Year’s resolutions for themselves because they want to make changes in their lives, but they often forget about their dog. The New Year can be a great time to change things up especially for dogs who may have become bored with their routine. Of all the dog related resolutions we’ve heard or read about, here are our top 5 picks.

1. Give your middle age or senior dog something new to do.photo of older dog

Do you have a middle aged or older dog?

If so, research shows that mental stimulation can help slow the decline in brain function that happens as a normal part of aging. Teaching your dog new tricks or giving him puzzle toys (especially if you’re away during the day) are great ways to keep his mind going strong.

2. Make it a point to get regular veterinary checkups.

Regular veterinary checkups that consist of a thorough physical exam, blood work and a fecal exam are necessary to help keep your dog healthy. As we know, dogs are very stoic animals and often hide signs of illness or pain. Many diseases are much easier to manage if they are detected in the early stages of the disease. Most vets recommend at least an annual checkup or more if your dog is a senior.

3. Incorporate more exercise into your daily routine.Choose a dog breed that best fits your lifestyle

Most dogs don’t get enough exercise, which is why there are so many overweight dogs in this country. Make time to give your dog the exercise he needs.

One great way to give both of you more exercise is to find an activity you both will enjoy, such as hiking, jogging or agility. This is not only fun for the both of you, but is a great way to spend time with your best friend.

4. Feed your dog the best quality food you can afford.

Lower priced foods are typically lower in quality and have fillers and other items that provide no nutritional value.

Educate yourself on what is an appropriate diet for your particular dog, learn what good ingredients and what fillers are, and make your choice based on this knowledge.

If you’re unsure, visit one of the many holistic pet food stores in this area and ask questions.

Make sure you also measure food using a measuring cup. When you don’t measure you’re more prone to over feed your dog. That’s one reason why dogs gain weight. And if your dog is overweight, feed the amount of food for the weight you want your dog to be, not the weight he currently is.

5. Take the time to regularly groom your dog.

With life’s busy schedule, we often forget about this important part of pet care. Make it a point to brush your dog’s coat and teeth, clip his nails and check/clean around his pads and ears, and give him periodic baths.

Regular brushing will keep your dog’s coat in good condition by removing dirt and mats, and will help to spread oils through his coat and will promote blood circulation. It’s also a great stress reliever for both parties!

Just as important as brushing is to make sure his nails are clipped. When nails get too long, they interfere with a dog’s natural gait, which can cause a host of problems.

By regularly grooming your dog, you will get to know his body, and will notice any changes that may take place and can have them checked before they become serious.

Plus it’s a great way to increase the bond with your dog.

Adopt at least some of these resolutions, and you’ll be on your way to making this year a healthy and happy one for you and your dog!Happy dogs at Rocky's Retreat Orlando

Category: Fun, Health Management