New Year Goals Aren’t Just for People


The start of a new year can also signal a fresh start for dogs needing a change in their routine.  As with most Scottish Collies, Titus loves his routines but can become bored. He is always the first one at the door wanting to head out for a new adventure.  His entire world centers around me and I owe it to him to ensure he has the best life possible.

So why not take this New Years to set some resolutions to improving the quality of your dog’s life.   Here are ten resolutions to make this year your dog’s healthiest year yet!

1. Try a new activity with your dog.  From hiking, jogging to kayaking, it’s easier than ever for people to incorporate their dog into a new exercise routine. It’s a great way to bond, it’ll get you both out of the house, and both owner and dog will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. Meet-up groups are a great way to find like-minded dog owners to join you in your exercise, too!

2. Dogs love to have their minds challenged. Train a new trick each month!  Sign up for dog classes. Whether your collie loves nose work, agility, herding, obedience or trick training.  There are so many classes to chose from. If there are no classes in your area, sign up for an on-line class. 

As an SCPS member, Steffi Trott is generously offering a huge discount on her on-line classes. Why not take advantage of this opportunity and sign up today?

3.Brushing! Collies are known for their abundant coats, why not get into the habit of brushing your dog on a daily basis (don’t forget to trim between their paw pads and check those toenails periodically). Allow this opportunity to be a bonding and relaxing time together.

4. Toy Inventory. Now is a great time to sort through your dog’s toys and discard those that are old and damaged and replace them with new ones. Begin rotating their toys on a weekly basis so they don’t get bored with them.
5. Rotate their dog food.  No one wants to eat the same food every single day. Adding a variety to their diet allows them to not only enjoy a different meal but expands their source of nutrition.

6. Bake your dog special treats. The internet is full of fantastic recipes for our canines family members.

7. Take your dog with you for a visit to the local pet store. No doubt they would love the adventure of exploring the store and the treats the cashier most likely will offer them.

8. Wash their bedding  and dog collars and make it a scheduled routine. What dog doesn’t like a clean bed?

9. If you haven’t already tested your dog for genetic mutations related to his/her breed, there are often sales available each month and it would be good to know their status. As a member of SCPS you has access to our discount code through Paw Print Genetics when testing your collie. 

9. If you have been planning to register your collie with SCPS, why not do it this month?  They can participate in the Versatility Program and earn titles/ribbons for their accomplishments. Wouldn’t that be fun!

10. OK, so now that I have shared my ideas with you, what are you going to do with your dog this upcoming year?

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