Starting the New Year Off Right: Dog Care Goals for This Year

Attentive Beagle Dog

A fresh year is upon us, and it brings the perfect opportunity to assess your dog care skills. Do you want to do better by your dog? Here are some great dog care goals that you might want to put to work this year.

Make Sure Your Dog Gets to the Vet

For your first goal this year, make sure that your dog gets to the vet for a checkup at least once. An annual wellness checkup is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. During the appointment the vet will check your dog for issues which might not be apparent to you, such as weight loss or gain, respiratory issues, and cardiac issues. This is also the time at which your dog will receive any vaccines that he’s due to receive. If you plan on boarding your dog, he will need to be current on his vaccines, which is just another reason to get your dog in to see the vet annually.

Assess the Food You’re Feeding

Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients label on the food that you’re feeding your dog? Now is a great time to check your dog’s diet and make sure that it’s working for him. You want to buy your dog the highest quality food that you can afford, and you want to make sure that you’re supporting your dog nutritionally as he grows and matures. Taking a look at his current food can be a good way to gain a sense of whether you may need to change or upgrade your dog’s food for his health.

Enroll Your Dog in a Training Class

Have you been meaning to enroll in a dog training class, but just haven’t gotten around to it? Make it your goal to enroll this year. Taking a training class with your dog can be a great way to better understand how your dog thinks and why he behaves the way he does. Training classes can help you to learn how to properly and effectively train your dog, and they’re a great way for you to develop the bond that you have with your dog.

Take Part in a New Sport with Your Dog

Want to change things up a little bit this year? Then make it your goal to take part in a new sport with your dog. There are tons of different sports and activities that you and your dog can participate in, and sports make keeping both your dog and yourself physically fit fun.

Need some ideas to get you started? Consider canine agility, dock diving, or even stand up paddleboarding with your dog. Trying out a new sport is a great way to learn something new and have a great time with your dog.

When you’re ready to enroll your dog in that training class, give Bed & Biscuit Austin a call – we’d be happy to meet you and your dog.

 

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