It’s hard to believe that 2017 has come to a close and what a year it has been!
In the last few weeks of the year, we’ve been getting together at Doggo HQ to reflect on the year past, eat a lot of food, and plan for the year ahead. While we don’t like to commit to strict goals for the year, we instead focus on our New Year’s theme.
We began to think of what we wanted to achieve for the New Year and while sitting there – candy cane one hand, and scratching my pupperino behind the ear with the other – it got me thinking. So many of us aim to get ourselves healthy in the New Year but we rarely think of our furry friends who’ve had one too many ‘off-cuts’ of ham over the Christmas period.
So what exactly can we do to make sure our four-legged mates are kicking the year off with a healthy bark start? We’ve put together a few ways you can get your pupperino’s groove back in 2018!
Dedicate A Set Time For Daily Walks
I’ll be the first to put a paw up for this one and admit that my pup and I get out roughly three times a week for a walk when really we should be aiming to get out every day. Not only is it pawsome to get out in the fresh air – for both you and your pup, but it gives your furry friend an opportunity to meet and play with other doggies, run in the park, and keep stimulated by exploring new areas. Set your alarm a little earlier in the morning, or skip the Friends television repeats and go for a walk after dinner.
Beach Swims for Everypawdy
I don’t know about you, but if you asked my doggo their ideal weekend (and if they could speak English) they would tell you brunch at the local café followed by a day spent at the beach, paws in the sand and swimming to get the tennis ball out of the water. As many of us know, swimming is one of the best activities you can do to build fitness, and it’s even truer for our pups! Swimming works all muscles in your pooch’s body (did someone say full body workout?), cools them down on those sticky hot days and is excellent for cardiovascular health.
Keep Up to Date with Paralysis Tick and Flea Protection
Look, I’ve heard it time and time again, “but my dog is clean” or “she’s an inside dog” or the one I particularly like, “Paralysis ticks and fleas are only out in spring”. Well, I hate to break it to you, but while the pesky buggers do have a higher presence in spring thanks to breeding season, they are out all year round. But fear not, you can protect your four-legged pal from paralysis ticks and fleas all year round with Bravecto – a tasty oral chew which delivers three months protection for paralysis ticks and fleas for dogs in a single dose. Plus, it won’t wash or rub off and there’s no mess to administer or liquids to spill or transfer. The fact is no dog should die from tick paralysis in Australia, so make sure your furry mate is fully protected all year round.
Two Meals a Day, Tops
You know how you can eat lunch, and then by the time you’ve put your rubbish in the bin you’re hungry again (only me?) Well, your pooch will never stop eating – even when they’re full. Just like humans, it’s impawtant that you keep your furry friend in a healthy weight range. So cut out the mid-morning snacks, and stop breaking off a piece of your sandwich for them. Limit your pupperino to two nutritious meals a day as per the recommendation for their breed and weight. When they’re showing off their slimmer figure at the dog beach, they’ll thank you for it!