For many, the new year is a time to reset and refocus. We assess the year gone by, set goals for the year ahead, and take time to center ourselves for the challenges yet to come. Sounds good, right? So this year, why not extend that reflection to your relationships with your pets?
Learn more about canine body language
Our dogs give us cues every day as to what they are feeling and what they need. Their body language can tell us whether they are happy, anxious, scared, or in pain. Learning proper communication cues can help us as dog parents prevent dog bites, understand when our dog isn't feeling well, and just generally create a calmer, happier, and safer home for humans and dogs alike.
A fun, colorful illustrated guide to understanding
canine body language. Great for the whole family!
Provide more mental stimulation for your dogs
Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as physical exercise. Mental stimulation helps to lower stress and ease boredom, and can help curb undesirable behavior to boot. Mental stimulation can include things like games, nose work, or learning new tricks! A couple of my favorite tools are below.
Interactive puzzle game
Wooly Snuffle Mat
Stimulate their natural foraging instincts
Be More Mindful On Walks
Put your phone down and be present with your dog. Walks can provide both mental and physical stimulation for your dog and an additional opportunity for bonding. Switching up the routine by choosing a new location or making a date to walk with a friend and their dog can add a new stimulating element for both you and your pup. For more on how to be mindful while walking your dog check out this article.
The City Mini
Perfect for poop bags, treats and keys
Pay attention to their teeth and gums
Ugh. I have admittedly been horrible at this for most of Chance's life, and I intend to make a conscious effort this year to be better—especially after a recent hefty teeth cleaning bill! Tooth decay and gingivitis can lead to a whole host of health problems, from heart disease to systemic infections. While providing raw bones and chew toys can help alleviate plaque and contribute to overall dental health, there are also some great new, all-natural products on the market now, like TEEF which is a dental prebiotic enzyme for your dog's water bowl and recommended by veterinarians. But brushing their teeth daily with toothpaste specially formulated for dogs (never use human toothpaste) and talking to your veterinarian about a regular teeth cleaning regimen is the gold standard in canine oral health.
Patented prebiotic water additive naturally outsmarts bad bacteria linked to plaque and bad breath
Make sure your dog is getting the nutritional support they need
Did your pet also pack on the dreaded holiday pounds?
Even a little excess body weight can not only put pressure on a dog's joints, but can increases their risk for osteoarthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.
In addition, puppies, seniors, athletic dogs, and couch potatoes all have different nutritional needs. Chat with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist to ensure your pup is getting the high-quality diet they deserve and any additional supplements they may need. With so many great fresh-cooked delivery services, prepared raw diets, and prepared freeze-dried diets on the market now, providing a nutritious diet full of high- quality meats, vegetable, and fruits is a lot easier than it used to be.
Human-Grade Pet Food
Freshly delivered, limited ingredient recipes that are low in carbs. Recommended by leading veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker.
Have a grab and go emergency kit ready
The past few years were full of disasters, and a good reminder that anything can uproot us at any time. There's a fine line between being paranoid and being prepared. Having an emergency kit for you and your canine pal can provide some peace of mind in case of an emergency. Read more on what to have ready in your emergency prep kit here.
Grab n Go 72 hr kit with all the essentials