1/ Dogs love getting outside to explore the world and experience all the sights, smells and sounds. Whether it’s a walk on the leash or a run at the dog park, make a promise to take your dog out. It’s good for you both!
2/ Make time for play – take a few minutes each day to bond with your dog through play time. Tug of war, fetch, and other games help keep your dog alert and happy.
3/ Make sure they stay healthy by scheduling a visit to the vet. Dogs need regular healthcare and shots to protect them from disease. If you’re not sure about immunizations, make an appointment today.
4/ Treat your dog to a professional grooming session. Baths and grooming can be challenging with dogs. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium – they either love the attention or hate it with a passion. A professional grooming can help with more difficult items like teeth cleaning, nail clipping and anal gland evacuation (don’t try this at home – it’s icky – trust us).
5/ Take a pet portrait – whether you plan for a formal or informal portrait/photo session, make sure you have exercised your dog beforehand so he or she is not bouncing all over the place. If you’re the photographer, you know it can be next to impossible to get your pet to look at the camera when you want them to do so. One good trick is to hold a treat in your hand at the same level and direction you want them to look. They’ll be focused on the treat while you snap the photo – and they get a reward for their focus!
6/ New toys and treats are always exciting! Why not combine the two? There is a wide range of interactive toys that have compartments for treats. Your dog will have to work to get the treat, keeping them engaged and occupied for hours at a time.
7/ Have a pet party! Invite your friends and neighbors to bring their dogs for a pet party – with plenty of fresh treats and lots of toys to play with, the dogs are bound to have a blast!
8/ Visit a pet day care center – if you’ve never tried day care, it’s time to do it, especially if you are gone for long periods of time. Day care offers your dog the chance to visit and play with others the same size and temperament, and can be surprisingly affordable.
9/ Order a monthly delivery of treats, toys and accessories. There is a wide range of subscription services for dogs including BarkBox, PetBox, Spoiled Rotten and BestFriendBox and many others. Rates are based on animal size or services, and offer great value. Find yours HERE.
10/ Don’t have a dog? Adopt one from a shelter today.