I make two New Year’s Resolutions for my dogs, and I invite you to make your own versions of these.
- To appreciate and cherish my dogs every single day.
- To do more fun things with them, and to work training into that.
Now, people don’t always keep their resolutions, and of course I am no different than anyone! But I do have an advantage… I used to teach time management classes, and so I am not just making resolutions, I am also making plans.
Actually I already do #1, but I want to be sure to express my love fully to our dogs. Our Rottweiler Lola has developed a habit that helps with this. When she hurt a front paw a few weeks ago, I got down on the floor with her each evening and gave her a massage, specially focusing on both front legs — the one she wasn’t using much and the one that had extra work to do as a result.
Well, after a few days, she stopped limping. As my husband and I sat watching television, I didn’t have dog massage on my mind. But Lola got up from her bed and came and sat directly in front of me. She stared intently into my eyes.
I got the point… and so began a regular habit of giving both dogs massages or stretches every evening. I plan to keep this up throughout the new year. Some evenings more, some less, no doubt. Here’s a book full of stretches for dogs:
More Dog Training… in the Datebook!
My dogs are generally well enough trained that when I get busy, I don’t always keep up with training new things. But we all enjoy it so much when I do, that this year I am putting into my datebook for Saturdays: SOMETHING with the DOGS! Since I use a computer program for keeping track of things, it just took me a moment to write it in all 52 times.
Whatever you do,make it fun!
And here’s a fun video from youtube that may inspire your training: