Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year Resolutions For You and Your Pet

With 2014 just around the corner, setting goals isn't limited to people. The start of the New Year is a great chance to get your dog on a routine they never had before but need. Here are 5 tips for goals.

  1. Pick a New Activity to Do With Your Dog
    • Going to start a new physical activity in 2014? Hiking? Kayaking? Research ways to incorporate Fido into the activity. More and more activities are becoming pet friendly. Just remember to keep things safe.
    • Have you heard about the latest fad, Doga?
  2. Set-up a Yearly to the Vet
    • Does anyone really like going to the doctor? Even though your dog might cringe at going to the vet, it's important visit once a year. Preventive care is important for your pet. It's also time to ask for you to ask a professional any questions you might have. 
  3. New Tricks
    • Believe it or not, old dogs can learn tricks! And it helps aging pets keep their brains healthy. Think about getting a puzzle feeder, a great way to keep them thinking to get a reward for their efforts.
  4. Groom Once A Day
    • Brushing through your dog's fur once a day helps reduce excess fur, reduces the amount of shedding you'll find around your house (and on your couches), and helps distribute oils from skin to fur (making their coat shiny and healthy).
    • Did we mention it's a fabulous way to bond?
  5. Measuring Your Pet's Food
    • Some people might be able to measure the correct amount of food for their dog by sight, but this can often lead to overfeeding and obesity. Invest in an 8-ounce measuring cup and use the back of the food packaging for details on the amount of food your dog really needs. You can adjust slightly as you watch your dog's energy level (an older dog's calorie needs aren't the same as a puppy).
    • Don't forget you can always consult your veterinarian.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Happy Holiday Tail

Dean was adopted this past weekend by a wonderful couple. He has two canine sisters: Daisy and Shelby. They are both rescues as well.

Dean is in great company and finally home for the holidays. Thanks to all who have shared him and given him love when you visited Hotel for Dogs.

I know he will be missed by all of his canine companions, but we couldn't have asked for a better gift this holiday season!

Dean, posing at Hotel for Dogs, Middletown NJ