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Monday, December 29, 2014

Resolutions for the New Year and your Dog

As 2014 comes to an end and we look to the new year to improve ourselves, we should consider resolving to spend more time with our dogs and doing things to improve their quality of life.
The American Kennel Club offers the following tips on how we can start the year off right by resolving to do more with our dogs in 2015:
1.  Whether you have a puppy that has yet to start training classes or an older dog that has forgotten his manners, training classes teach important commands and socialization needed to help both dog and owner to be responsible members of society, not to mention that training is a great way for dogs and owners to bond.
2. Resolve to train your dog to compete in fun events in the new year. 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.
3. Exercise is extremely important for your dog's health. Daily exercise is good for your dog's heart, lungs, circulatory system and muscles, in addition to helping him maintain a healthy weight. Obesity causes many health problems in dogs, and being overweight can shorten your dog's life.
4, Dogs love helping others, and they're 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 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.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/29/4050664/resolve-to-do-more-with-your-dog.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dog Care: Tips to Keep Your Best Friend Healthy

This is a great article about feeding your dogs that I wanted to share.  It comes from Pets.WebMD - they have a ton of great information on whatever you might be looking for.  Have some fun, take the quiz and see what you know about feeding your dog!  http://bit.ly/1w3P2cl