New Year is a time for fresh starts – for yourself, your home and your family. The end goal is to live better, love more and stay healthy, and making a set of promises for your German Shepherd will help you be a better GSD parent as well.
Here are 7 New Year Resolutions you can consider in January that will certainly give your pet a better quality of life in 2019:
# 1: Give More `Circular’ Massages
When you massage GSDs with a gentle, circular movement of fingers and hands all over the body, the benefits from the action is manifold. Daily circular motion massages improves circulation, has a soothing impact on the animal’s psyche and helps them recover from common issues like fear, separation anxiety, skin ailments, car sickness and a host of other small, niggling problems you may not even be aware of.
# 2: Follow GSD Experts On Social Media
If you spend a lot of time on Facebook or other social media platforms, it pays to follow a few German Shepherd experts and have regular information and tips on their unique problems dropping into your daily news feed without having to make any extra efforts. The information may seem irrelevant at the time, but on an unconscious level, you will be gaining more knowledge and insight about GSDs that may come in handy – and even save lives – in the future!
# 3: Experiment With Healthier Food Options
It is never too late to start eating healthy, and that applies to your GSD’s daily diet as well. Experiment with things like green beans (wonderful choice to help lose weight), broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, sardine, salmon etc. Be advised by your vet before you try a new food and definitely make a list of human foods that are harmful or dangerous to dogs!
# 4: Stop `Eyeballing’ Your Pet’s Food Intake
Making a visual assessment of how much food you give to your pets doesn’t always work well, because it is so easy get distracted at the time of feeding, and putting down too much of it. A common cause of dog obesity is a mistaken idea of how much nutrition and calories a dog really needs, not to mention extra scoops of not-so-healthy things we often give them out of love. Or simply because they are begging. Using proper measuring scoops and cups will quickly set you in the right direction and help control obesity and other related health and fitness problems born from overeating.
# 5: Read Dog Food Labels More Carefully
Remember that dog food manufacturers are businesses after all, and it is in their interest to lull you into a false sense of security by hypnotizing you when you’re walking down the pet food aisles with attractive packaging graphics on the front of the label. Don’t believe everything you see there and take a minute to read the ingredients list and nutrition charts they are legally bound to print on the back. There are a lot of secrets lurking there. For example, if your dog has a chicken allergy, buying lamb, beef or venison options aren’t necessarily safe bets because when you read the list of ingredients, you may find there are chicken components in the recipe that is not indicated in the front.
# 6: Resolve To Groom Him/Her More Often
As pet parents, we all know the value of regular grooming, but we often fall out of the habit of giving our pets a good brush down because we get so busy with life, job, chores etc. If finding the time to brush your GSD seems like an impossibility right now, resolve to at least do it when you’re spending family time, like relaxing in front of the TV. By multitasking during TV-watching time, the brushing gets done more often, and helps you bond at a much deeper level with your pet.
# 7: Make Exercising More Fun – For Both Of You!
Try new ways to include your pet in your own exercise regimen. For example, choose to run outdoors in the park with your dog instead of hopping onto to the treadmill at home. Look for fun games you can play at home too, to keep your pets – and you! – feeling energized and active, mentally and physically.