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New Year’s Resolutions

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I resolve to work with each of my dogs every day.  Just a few minutes a day on simple commands or fun tricks helps build the bond, and solidifies the household hierarchy.

I resolve to make sure that my dogs get enough exercise every day.  Most dogs don’t spend their free time making sure they get enough aerobic exercise: they do that when they have exciting company – us.  A well-exercised dog is a well-behaved dog.

I resolve to make sure my dogs get out and socialize with other dogs and people.  The more they encounter social situations, the better they behave.  Most Starbucks have outside seating – I like to just sit there and drink a coffee while my dog gets to be with me and learns about the world I inhabit.  Letting a dog play in a dog park for half an hour allows him to let off steam, but doesn’t teach the same social skills.

For ideas on other ways to improve your relationship with your dog, check our our website www.eurekapaws.com or email us at eurekapaws@yahoo.com .

Written by eurekapaws

January 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm

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