Pet parents, have you put together a list of New Year’s resolutions that include your pup? Here's a list of some rewarding resolutions to help get you started.
#1 Learn a New Trick
Continuing with your dog training is crucial to enriching and reinforcing your bond with your dog, whether they are a puppy or an adult dog. With the right training techniques, reinforcement, and practice, teaching your dog a new trick can be enjoyable for both of you. Set aside time now to work with your dog every day and remember patience and persistence are key.
#2 Maintain A Healthy Weight
Pets come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s important they maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a health threat many pets face, and an important pet health decision you make each day is what and how much you feed your pet. It is up to us as pet owners to make sure they stay healthy! If you're not sure you're feeding your pet the right food and amount, we offer a FREE one-on-one Nutrition Consult with our Senior Pet Food Nutritionist.
#3 Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
We know brushing your dog’s teeth can be a bit of a chore, but it’s critical to the overall health of your pet. The combination of food, oral bacteria, and salivary proteins in a dog’s mouth creates a potent mixture that leads to plaque buildup. Removing this buildup is simple, all it takes is a soft toothbrush and canine formulated toothpaste. If you and your best friend aren’t the biggest fans of brushing, we recommend a little patience, and maybe a treat when you’re done (positive reinforcement goes a long way!)
You can always consider a pet dental cleaning service to help get the cleaning process started. Starting in January, DOGPerfect will be hosting a monthly non-anesthetic pet dental cleaning service. It’s a safe, gentle, natural, and affordable service offered by EZPet Dental Care. Call your local DOGPerfect to find out the next available date and schedule a time for your pet!
#4 Keep Up with Grooming
Regular grooming helps keep your dog healthy and may result in early detection of any wellness issues. Depending on the size, coat length, and skin type of your dog, we recommend grooming your dog approximately every 4-8 weeks. We offer a variety of grooming packages to fit the individual needs of your dog.
Another great option, to keep your dog looking and feeling great, is to utilize our self-serve dog washes. We provide shampoo, brushes and combs, towels and aprons so you don’t have to worry about the clean-up at home!
#5 Make Sure All Pet Identification is Updated
Double-check that your pup is wearing an up-to-date tag or microchip that includes your contact information! Two important items to include on your dog’s tag, other than your dog’s name, is your full name and phone number. In the event your dog does run away, an up-to-date tag and microchip will help you and your dog find each other.
We hope this list of New Year's resolutions helps you and your pup have a healthier, and happier new year!