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.

bruce the airedale terrier New Year Resolutions for Dogs

  1. 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….
  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Joy
About me

Joy Jewell is a London based dog obsessive and style connoisseur. Joy has worked in the fashion and beauty industry as a writer for nearly a decade, and decided to fuse her two loves – style and canines – to create Paws and Prada in 2014. If you would like to talk to Joy about anything from blogging to puppy training then drop her a line at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @PawsandPrada.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

airedale terrier face
On Loss, and my Canine Therapist
May 19, 2016
an ode to the sifa dog
Letting the Dog on the Couch: An Ode to the Sofa Dog
April 08, 2016
The dog on the railway
Teach Your Dog to Travel Well on the Train
March 02, 2016
Gencon all in one head collar review airedale terrier
Gencon All in One Head Collar Review
February 12, 2016
airedale terrier bruce nose
All About Airedale Terriers
January 16, 2016
happy white dog
Celebrate the Small Stuff
January 15, 2016
friendly dog collars
Friendly Dog Collars – Bruce’s New Training Lead
January 14, 2016
dog training without treats black staffy puppy red lead and collar
Training your Dog without Treats – A Challenge
January 08, 2016
We're Taking a Break
The Christmas Break
December 21, 2015

3 Comments

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *