Some of you may be heading back to school this week or getting a little tyke of your own ready for their first day. No matter what you’re gearing up for, this time of the year is all about fresh starts! So we think this is a great time for your pup to get a fresh start too! We’ve compiled a refresher checklist to help ensure that your pup is living the best life they possibly can. Enjoy!
1. Collar safety
If your pup has been wearing the same collar for some time, it’s a good idea to check it out and make sure any buckles, hooks, or material are not too worn out. Some collars can still seem usable but are actually on their way out due to normal wear and tear. The last thing you want is for your pup to tug a little too hard on a walk and have it break while you’re away from home. Another good idea is to make sure your dog’s collar is tight enough (not too tight) because it can be pretty easy for them to wiggle out of their collars, especially when playing with other pups.
Since you’re heading back to school, you are probably settling back into a routine of your own. Well, your pup wants the same thing! Keeping a routine with your puppy helps eliminate anxiety and bad behavior. They want to know what to expect when you walk through the door after a long day. Repetition and consistency is the quickest way to achieve this one.
3. Vaccinations and shots
Now is a good time to give your vet a call and make sure your pup is up to date on all their vaccines, shots, or fecal samples. A lot of places have easy to use pet portals so you can manage all of their health concerns online. Some places send reminders in the mail too. If not, the information is still just a phone call away.
When is the last time your pet went to the spa? If your pup is in doggy day care, most places also offer grooming services. Things like a nail trim, shampoo, or dental care are all usually done during the hours of day care so you don’t have to make a special trip. Unless you want to treat your pup to a special day of course. If your pup hates going to the groomers, you still have options! A lot of these things can easily be done at home and are totally worth it. Who doesn’t love that clean, fresh cut feeling? Your pup is no different.
5. Continued training
If a kid goes to school and misbehaves, a lot of the time it is because they pick up bad habits at home. Your pup is no different! Set aside a few minutes every day for a little training. Those few minutes will go along way. Whether it’s learning a new trick or mastering “stay.” If your pup knows how to behave in the house, it’s easier for them to behave in public like at the park or on walks. Reagan is only one years old, so we are very much in this phase right now. It’s a work in progress but those few minutes every day will pay off soon!
We hope all you back to schoolers are having a great week as you start your year! What have you done for the start of the new year?