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New Year's Resolutions
Renew your bond with your dog

A perennial I update each year because it's worth sitting down and considering how you might improve or enhance your bond with your best friend.


color image of Pug with calendar turned to Jan. 1


Pick at least one or two items on the list and see if you can accomplish them this year.
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1. I will exercise my dog at least 30-minutes every day. (two 15-minute walks will work)

2. I will feed my dog a healthy diet conscious of his daily calorie intake.

3. I will brush my dog's teeth at least three times a week. (try to do every day)

4. I will groom my dog at least once a week.

5. I will contribute time and/or money to animal related charities. This can be your local animal shelter or national groups such as Canine Companions for Independence (a personal favorite), http://www.caninecompanions.org

6. I will enroll my dog in the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program and work with him until he gets certified. Visit http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
This is NOT just for purebreds.

7. I will make plans to have my dog taken care of if I should die before he does.
[This might be naming someone in my will to take my dog; it might be a trust fund;
or it might be an arrangement with a non-profit that guarantees life time care for
a dog in exchange for a specific contribution.]

8. I will inspect my dog’s toys, bedding and collars/clothing regularly and dispose of worn or damaged objects.

WARNING: Keep in mind that homemade and handmade toys are rarely as sturdy as commercially made toys. They don't have to meet the same regulations and individuals aren't as lawsuit aware and averse as commercial companies. I'm not trying to discourage you from buying them, but inspect them more frequently and throw away damaged toys.

9. I will deal immediately with health problems by having a vet check out my dog.

10. I will make time to cuddle with my dog every day – no matter how little time
I have and no matter how tired I am.


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