Issue #018, January 2010
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- 4 Ways to Include Your Furry Friend in Your New Year’s Resolutions
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4 Ways to Include Your Furry Friend in Your New Year’s Resolutions
We would like to wish all our friends and family of Organic Pet Digest
a tail waggin’, ear flappin’, tongue lickin’… Happy New Year!
We hope all of you are feeling as good about the fresh start of a new
year as we are here at OPD! So in the spirit of positive
thinking and inspirational resolutions, this month’s issue will focus
on a few ways we can include our ever-loving furry companions in all
Below are some of the most commonly mentioned New Year’s resolutions of
2010 paired with creative ways to improve the life of your dog right
alongside your own.
1. Exercise and spending more time outdoors
Each new year there are millions of people around the world that swear
this year will be the year for a focus on physical fitness and optimal
health. We hope that those of you who have this resolution on
your list are able to stick to your routines and accomplish every
If you’ve ever attempted an exercise routine with a buddy, then you
probably know that it really helps to have someone to hold you
accountable and to support you when times get tough.
So why not make your dog your new exercise buddy?
Together you can:
Run, swim, walk and play… pick which
one works best for you and your breed of dog
Plan weekend or evening trips to local nature
reserves or parks and pack your dog’s favorite fetch toys
Buy a fun and innovative dog training book
and get started with some of the more difficult training exercises that
might have seemed daunting in the past… making sure to get yourself
really excited and enthusiastic to get the heart pumping during training
Create an at-home agility course in your back
yard and become your dog’s personal agility coach! Agility
training is excellent mental and physical exercise for your dog and
you, plus it’s so much fun and easy to get started.
If this sounds like something you both would enjoy, then check out this
web page with easy-to-follow instructions on how to build
your own agility course.
2. Turning off the TV
If you’re like most people in the world, you are spending way too many
precious hours sitting in front of the T.V. Hopefully one of
your New Year’s resolutions is to turn off that glowing box to make
room for other more mentally stimulating activities like reading a
book, learning to paint or keeping a journal.
Your dog would love to help you fill some of your down time with games designed to help
increase canine intelligence and mental activity, not to
mention build the bond between you and your pet.
Here are a few great options:
and Seek – This game is so simple but tons of fun… first
put your dog in a sit or down stay position and then take off to find a
great hiding place somewhere in your home. Once you’re
securely hidden, give a little whistle and wait for your dog to find
you. Once he does, reward him with a treat and do it all over
Hunt – Again, start this game by putting your dog in a sit
or down stay position and then take a few of your dog’s favorite treats
and hide them around the house, pairing each with one of your dog’s
toys. Once finished, come back to your dog, reward her with a
treat for obeying and then send her off to find her toys. You
may have to help a little a first, but your dog will soon get the hang
of the game.
Board Games - There are some really cool intelligence and
memory games that you can buy for your dog. Check
out these games that are sure to entice your pup and keep him
3. Eating healthy and taking better care of your body
We all could use a
few more fruits and veggies in our diets and the New Year is a great
excuse to buy some new healthy recipe books, start cooking at home more
often and throw away the addictive junk food.
So while you’re making the necessary adjustments to your diet, why not
consider possible nutritional holes in your dog’s diet?
Is your dog…
Also, the New Year may be the perfect time to consider trying Holistic
Veterinary care as an alternative to traditional vet care.
Never considered the possible health benefits of Holistic Dog
Care? Then please check
out this page for a comprehensive comparison and a list of
Eating a high quality kibble or canned food
that provides him with all the necessary proteins, vitamins and
minerals? If you’re not sure, then do a quick check using our
Label Test and don’t settle for a dog food that scores less
than 5 out of 5.
Getting all the important vitamin
and mineral supplements if you currently prepare your dog’s
meals at home? Check
here to make sure you’ve got it all perfectly balanced.
predictable and healthy stools? If not, this is a
sign that your dog’s health is not at an optimal level and diet,
exercise and vet care may need to be adjusted.
4. Making new friends
Most of us treasure our friendships and rely on friends to cheer us up
when we feel blue and celebrate with us when we feel high.
Have you ever
thought that your dog might want to make a few new friends this
While our dogs love us unconditionally and often seem perfectly content
to spend every waking hour by our sides, they too benefit from regular
interaction with other dogs.
Here’s a few ways to help your dog make some new friends:
There are an unlimited number of ways that you can improve your mental,
physical and emotional well being at any point in your life.
This holds true for your dog as well and we hope that you can find some
truly enjoyable ways to improve your lives and your relationship this
If your city has a dog park, this is one of
the best and most entertaining ways to socialize your dog.
Pay attention while your dog plays and take note of the dogs that your
dog seems to play well with and try to find the owners of those
dogs. If you’re able to do so, ask them if they might be
interested in meeting you and your dog at the park a few days a week
for play time. Click here to check out a cool
site, dogpark.com, that lets you search for a dog park in your area.
Talk with your dog-loving friends and ask if
they might enjoy setting up play times where you all could meet for
combined human and dog social hour. Get out the dog toys for
the dogs and prepare some yummy snacks for you and your
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