Has your dog forgotten his manners or gained some holiday weight? If your New Year’s resolution includes making healthier choices, chances are your dog could benefit from the lifestyle change as well. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips on how owners can start the year off right by resolving to do more with their dogs in 2014.
- Young and old dogs can learn new tricks. Start your puppy off on the right foot with a training class. Training classes teach basic manners and socialization needed to help both dog and owner to be a responsible member of society, not to mention that training is a great way for dogs to bond with their owners.
- Train for competitive events. Agility, Obedience and Rally competitions are a fun and rewarding experience for all dogs. You’ll meet new people with a similar love for dogs and watch your pup grow into a well-behaved, even tempered, physically fit companion.
- Get Fit with Fido. Obesity is a major problem not only for humans, but for canines too. Daily walks are a great way for both dogs and owners to drop those extra holiday pounds.
- Dogs love helping others. Dogs are invaluable in providing service to humans - visiting the sick, helping the disabled, locating missing persons, and much more. There are many ways dog owners can put their special skills to use in service to their community. Contact the volunteer director at your local hospital to find out how you can volunteer or visit a home-bound neighbor.
For more information on all of the things you can do with your dog, visit the AKC at www.akc.org. Also let us know by commenting how you plan to do more with your dog in 2014!