New Year Resolutions for Dogs
2015 was a good year for Bruce. He’s been with us for two years today, and in the last year he has grown up a lot. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a giant puppy – he loves to play, and sometimes forgets his manners, but this was the year that I really saw all the training I put into him as a young pup and adolescent come to fruition. Those behaviours which I worried I would never get a grip on, namely jumping on people, finally started to ease as his training was furthered and he gained a touch more maturity. I went into 2015 with one goal in mind – to continue training him consistently, and that’s just what I did. This year however, I have some specific New Year Resolutions in mind for my dog. If you haven’t set any new year resolutions for your dog then take a look at Bruce’s and perhaps you’ll be inspired to set some yourself.
- Go on more adventures. Sometimes I worry that Bruce lives in a bit of a bubble. We tend to go to the same places and do the same things. He loves discovering new haunts, and it’s great for his mental state to sniff out different areas. So, this year I am planning to get on the train with him and visit some brand new spots. I’m even planning on taking him travelling to my hometown in a couple of months. This will also involve number 2….
- Work on travelling well. Bruce gets a bit over excited on trains, and a bit impatient too. This will be our training focus for the year. By 2017 he will be the perfect passenger. Taking him on lots of new adventures will help with this.
- Work on walking politely. Bruce isn’t much of a puller on his regular walks, but when he is somewhere new he wants to sniff everything – a bit of a problem on busy paths in London. So, we’ll also be working on his leash manners, especially in busy, urban areas.
- Play more games. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit bored of tug and fetch. I’m going to make the time to play more games with Bruce, and really engage with him while I do it. No more one handed tug while I check my emails.
- Train more tricks. I love training Bruce tricks, and he enjoys learning them. So I’m going to see if I can teach him one new trick every month, and share the results on the Paws and Prada Facebook page.
- Make more homemade dog treats. Bruce doesn’t do well with a lot of commercial dog treats, as they can set off his allergies. So, I’ll be making more homemade treats and you can expect to see them on Paws and Prada too, so we’re all winning!
Do you have any new year’s resolutions for your dog? If not then I am setting you the challenge of coming up with just one New Year resolution for your dog. Let me know what it is in the comments below or chat with me on Twitter, I’d love to hear about it.