Happy New Year, everyone! May our 2021 be much better than our 2020 was. 

 

With everything so topsy turvy in the world today, it might seem like a lost cause trying to make any New Year’s resolutions. How can we plan for the year when we barely know what next week will bring?

 

I, for one, am still making my annual resolution to lose weight. I know, it’s cliche. I got about halfway to where I want to be last year, but plateaued after a certain point. I want to bust through that plateau and lose the rest this year.

 

Other common resolutions like a career change or reaching some financial goals might be less attainable for some this year with so much uncertainty still surrounding us.

 

One interesting trend that came out of 2020 was that with all the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, many people coped with those with the help of a canine companion. 

 

All of a sudden, there was a run on shelter dogs. Shelters, for the first time in a LONG time, were empty. 

 

Still to this day I see people inquiring where they can adopt an adult dog and being told to join the waiting list of about 500 other people. 

 

It’s actually been good for us because all these new dogs that got adopted need training, which we’ve been happy to provide. 

 

So how about, in lieu of some of the traditional resolutions we make at the start of the year, we make some resolutions that pertain to being a dog owner instead? At least these are resolutions that we absolutely have in our ability to control. 

 

I’ve thought of a few to get you started: 

 

  • I resolve that I’ll be the one walking my dog and not allowing my dog to walk me. 
  • I resolve that I’ll no longer tolerate my dog barking at everything that moves outside the front door or window. 
  • I resolve to no longer allow my dog to jump up on me or visitors when they enter the home. 
  • I resolve to no longer let my dog run the household. My house, my rules. 
  • I resolve to no longer allow my dog to behave like a wild animal. She needs to learn how to behave like a well-mannered, domesticated house dog that doesn’t embarrass me and stress me out. 
  • I resolve to be the strong leader my dog needs so he will feel safe and secure in his pack. This will help relieve my dog of any fear, anxiety, and nervousness knowing he is part of a strong pack. 

 

All great resolutions — some are easier to accomplish than others. 

 

If you need help fulfilling your “dog owner resolutions” for the year 2021, give us a call at 1-877-500-2275 and we’d be happy to show you how. 

 

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