It's never too late to turn a new page and start a new beginning. Here are a 9 quick dog-related tips to consider with the new year! 🎉
1️⃣. Challenge Your Dog's Brain Daily Studies show that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in our pets. Keeping your dog's brain active can actually make it healthier! You can do so not only by teaching your dog new tricks but also by using tools such as puzzle feeders, which force a pet to think through a task in order to be rewarded with a treat.
2️⃣. Less Treats, More You We tend to rely on treats too much! They can be a good tool to motivate a dog to do a certain activity. However, if there's one thing your dog enjoys more than treats is your unconditional and undivided attention, specially when having earned it by working for it! Remember animals in the wild don't give each other treats the way we do, they give themselves trust, loyalty and care!
3️⃣. Make Friends With a Fellow Dog Owner Came across a dog at the dog park that matches your dog's level of energy? Great! Get to know the owner so you can start going to the park at the same time moving forward, to ensure both of your dogs always have a buddy to tire themselves out with!
4️⃣. Exercise With Your Dog You might not get much mental stimulation yourself when challenging your dog mentally, however both you and your dog require exercise on a daily basis. So why not make a routine out of it? Ever thought of jogging or going for a quick run in the morning or after work? Your dog has, bring him along next time and see him show how much fun you can have exercising together.
5️⃣. Update Your Dog's Tag/ID Info You might have moved or gotten a new phone number. If any of your contact information has changed this past year or earlier, be sure to update your dog's tag and microchip information asap!
6️⃣. Talk to a Vet It never hurts to keep in touch with a qualified veterinary to make sure all is well with your dog. Nowadays it's easier than ever to do just that, from the comfort of your home! Services offered by our friends @healthypetsio make it easy for you to get all the help you need by simply booking a video call, saving you from spending too much time in the cold!
7️⃣. Groom Your Pet Regularly Brushing your dog allows you to remove excess fur from his coat, reducing the amount you find on your clothes and furniture in return. It also helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy, similarly to our own hair. On top of that daily grooming can become a lovely bonding activity that demonstrates to your pet how much you love them by taking care of them in a very soothing and relaxing manner. We're certain Laura from @groomswithlaura would be happy to provide you with more information on the best way to go about this, depending on your dog's breed and fur.
8️⃣. Choose an Age-Appropriate Diet Puppies and adolescent dogs can and will have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow and develop as they should. Choosing a diet specifically tailored to your pet’s life stage is a great way to keep them in optimal health. Consult with your vet to ensure you're making the best food selection possible for your dog.
9️⃣. Religiously Measure Your Pet’s Food It’s important to use a measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than recommended by his vet. The feeding guidelines added to the bag of your dog's food are a good place to begin, to help you figure out how much food your pup really needs.