As another year rolls around, we humans will no doubt be starting to think about our New Year’s resolutions. It’s time to shake off those bad habits, set some new goals and try to get ourselves in shape for the year ahead, and maybe take up a new hobby or skill. They say that all owners end up like their dogs, and in many ways it’s true, which makes their New Year’s resolutions very similar to our own.
Watching their diet
We could all do with shedding a few pounds to get healthier, and so could our dogs. In a recent study involving 1600 family dogs, 65% were found to be overweight and 9% were obese. Watching your dog’s diet is really important, and you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the amount of food to serve your dog for its weight. If you are struggling to get their excess weight off through diet and exercise, you should talk to your vet about special food designed for weight loss.
Cutting out snacks
Even if you are following the feeding guidelines correctly, your dog can still get overweight if you indulge them with too many snacks. Biscuits and treats are a great way to train your dog and to reward good behaviour, but they need to be given in moderation. Too many treats not only makes your dog fat, but it also undermines the power of the treat in behaviour modification.
Even the most dedicated of dog owners is tempted to miss a walk or two when it is cold and wet, or if they have something important that needs doing. The problem is that your dog will quickly adapt, sending you both into a spiral of decline where twice a day becomes once a day and sometimes not at all. Exercising your dog regularly will not only keep them fit and healthy, it will improve behaviour as well, reducing destructive tendencies and making them less likely to bark than a stir crazy dog that’s been stuck inside all day.
Breaking a bad habit with A&T Trained Dogs
Once your dog has got into a bad habit, such as chewing the furniture or sleeping on your bed, it can be very hard to break. That’s when you need the help of the experts at A&T Trained Dogs. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but our team of trainers can work with you and your dog to overcome almost any behaviour problems, either through one to one dog training courses or as part of our residential dog training courses in Lancashire.
Learning a new skill
Of course, A&T Trained Dogs aren’t just there for the bad habits; we can help your dog to learn new skills too, from the basic commands of obedience, to advanced training tailored to your dog and your lifestyle.
With our help your dog can start the New Year with new skills that bring you even closer together and makes them even more fun to be with. So Happy New Year to you and your furry friends and we wish you both a healthy, happy 2019.