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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

  1. Go for lengthy walks Even if your pup attends dog daycare, make it a point to go on at least one long walk per day. Explore a new neighborhood, forest preserve, or beach to stimulate your dog physically and mentally.

  2. Pamper your pup Do you know that feeling you get after a great haircut? Your pup feels the same way! Regular grooming will make your dog happier and well behaved. If your dog is adverse to the tub, be sure to follow bath time with her favorite treat.

  3. Schedule some cuddle time Whether it’s in bed, on the couch or on the floor, set aside some time to shower your dog with love and affection. Even taking five to ten minutes per day to focus your attention on your pup will strengthen the bond you share.

  4. Learn a new trick or two Our dogs love having things to do. Whether it’s learning how to fetch the morning paper or navigate an agility course, challenging your dog to learn new tricks will keep his mind sharp and focused on the task at hand.

  5. Socialize your dog If you take your pup to dog daycare, you’re one step ahead! Parks and beaches are another great way to make sure your dog gets enough interaction with other animals and humans.

Hopefully these tips have given you some ideas to help you strengthen your bond with your dog in the New Year. From taking long walks, to scheduling daily cuddle sessions, to learning new tricks, your increased efforts to make your dog feel special are sure to be returned with plenty of tail wags and licks. What’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions as a pet owner? Solidify your commitment to strengthening your bond with your pup by declaring your resolution on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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