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Things to resolve for the sake of your dog

When transitioning into a new routine, pets can be an effective motivator. Here are some tips from Petplan on how to incorporate your furry family members into your resolutions.

Paws to the pavement: Every time you lace up your sneakers, grab your dog's leash, too. Regular exercise not only keeps your dogs lean and fit, it's also a great way to bond with your pet. Plus, pets who exercise regularly tend to have fewer bouts with anxiety and bad behavior; they expend their energy on something other than home furnishings. If you have a cat, incorporate him or her into your warmup routine: Toss around a toy during your prewalk stretch.

Snack wisely: As pet parents vow to eat healthier in 2014, don't forget about your pet's diet (and waistline), too. Treats should make up less than 5 to 10 percent of your pet's caloric intake, and natural choices are great alternatives to store-bought treats that can be packed with calories.

Teach an old dog or cat a new trick: Introducing a new game or trick to your pet will not only boost brain function and promote healthy activity but it'll be fun for pets and parents alike. Age-old classics like fetch never lose their playful charm, or you could try puzzle toys or hide-and-seek (which is a fun way to teach the "come" command).

Pet protection: One in three pets will need unexpected veterinary care in 2014. A pet health insurance policy gives you the financial freedom to pursue the best medical treatment and peace of mind that you won't break the bank should Fido break any bones.

Things to resolve for the sake of your dog 01/13/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:54pm]
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