Happy new year!
There's no secret that most of us have probably fell off from the goals that we set to accomplish in 2024, but maybe adding your dog into the mix will add the accountability that you need to keep pushing! Just like for humans, there is no one-size-fits-all for your dog, so try to set her up for success by choosing (or tailoring) these ideas to best fit your furbaby...and don't bite off more than you can chew! 3 is typically a good number of goals to work towards at a time.
Increase their physical activity
How often do you walk now? If they get one a day, maybe just up it to two a day at least twice a week. Need help with that? Barking with the Bradley's would love to assist in beefing up your dog's routine.
You come home from work and the last thing you want to do is play. How about adding just one evening playtime session a week to help you both let loose? Call it your weekly happy hour. I guarantee it will indeed make you both happier.
Help get your pup to a healthier weight
Been trying to drop those stubborn last 5 pounds? Consult with your vet to see if there are any underlying health issues that could be making weight management more difficult. If nothing comes back from that search, then work with your vet to set a diet plan. Also, find low-fat treats so you can feel less guilty when your pup wants to indulge in a treat for being a good boy or just for being the cutest thing on Earth.
Nip that pesky behavior in the bud
Jumping, begging, pulling. They are our perfect little angels, except that one thing. If you're in that boat with me, then take the time to work with your dog on reinforcing better behavior. Already tried on your own or things aren't going smoothly? Enlist the help of an expert. Research local trainers or animal behavioralist. This is a heftier goal, so let's take baby steps and set the goal at just booking a consultation.
Learn something new
This could be a new trick (fetch...instead of keep away, which is the only way Duke seems to understand) or even a fun class like agility. I get it, it's cold, so maybe we'll save the outdoor classes for the spring.
Adopt better grooming habits
Our vet recommends we brush the boys' teeth daily. Currently, it looks a little more like every other night-ish, but hey, we're getting somewhere.
What's the best coat care for your breed? Weekly coat brushing? Set a reminder in your phone and make it something you both look forward to. Silence your phone, turn on soothing music, have a peaceful spa moment with your pup.
Let's do this!
Personally, we want to focus on regular/uninterrupted playtime, decreasing leash pulling, and learning fetch. Which of these 2024 goals, or others, do you plan to set for your pup? Let us know in the comments below.
Well wishes & puppy kisses,