The beginning of a new year is a moment to reflect on the changes we would like to make with the aim of improving ourselves or, even better, doing good for others. We’ve put together a few suggestions of our own that you might want to add to your list of solutions – most of them are very simple and offer great rewards in return – for you and your dog.
Know your dog inside out
Give your dog a daily weekly and monthly “checkup” – clean ears, clip nails, trim fur (where necessary), brush teeth, comb fleas (should be broken down into daily, weekly and monthly tasks become). See the tips from Dr. Shea Cox on self-exams.
Learn about dogs – who they are, why they do what they do, and why they’re our oldest friends – books like Patricia McConnell’s The other end of the line, Alexandra Horowitz Inside a dog and Gregory Berns’ How dogs love us are outstanding.
Train your body and mind
Teach a new trick or polish up an old one.