The new year is a time when many people make New Years Resolutions to exercise more, lose weight, or do other things they want to accomplish to make improvements in their lives. Whether or not you are a regular resolution maker, now might be a good time to make a resolution regarding your dog.

Is there something you've wanted to accomplish but haven't gotten around to it yet? Did you keep telling yourself you wanted to spend more time training your dog? Did you plan to have a better trained dog? Did you discover over the holidays that your dog was not as well-behaved with company as you'd hoped? Has your dog been gaining weight because he or she is not getting enough exercise and eating too much? Have you thought about wanting to do something new with your dog to have more fun for both of you?

Now is the time to resolve to get more training, take your dog on more walks, or do any of those other things you keep saying you should do but haven't committed to yet. Some of us don't commit to things as easily if we're trying to do it on our own. But we are much better at sticking to our resolutions if we work at it with someone else.

Let's say you wish your dog were better trained. Signing up for a group class might be a good choice so that you know you have to show up each week and work with the same group of people.

Let's say you are interested in learning something new with your dog. If you have something specific in mind, look up local options. If you're not sure what you want to do, look at our group classes or look up dog sports or activities online for some ideas. Or feel free to call me to discuss some ideas. The key is to take that first step to get yourself committed to doing something.

I'd love to hear your resolutions. What are you going to resolve to do with your dog this year?



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Training tip – incorporate quickie training sessions into your dog’s routine https://thelightofdog.com/training-tip-incorporate-quickie-training-sessions-into-your-dogs-routine/

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Taz, a border collie who was a recent boarder with us is posing for a pic next to a pumpkin bush on our farm. We'll grow these pumpkins and use them in our dog food thelightofdog.com/dog-food-products/dog-food-products-main-page/ ... See MoreSee Less

Taz, a border collie who was a recent boarder with us is posing for a pic next to a pumpkin bush on our farm. Well grow these pumpkins and use them in our dog food https://thelightofdog.com/dog-food-products/dog-food-products-main-page/

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Winnie, a Goldendoodle, is showing off her skills in dog parkour class by sitting on this log.

We used this pic as the feature pic for a post and video titled "Does your puppy know “Sit”? Are you sure? (Hint: it’s about the context!)"

We think of Sit as a pretty easy cue to teach our dogs. For some dogs, it might even be the only thing they learn.

But here's something to think about. . . What is your expectation for Sit?

Most people stop at the first step, which usually is: sit for a brief second directly in front of me when I have a treat in my hand.

But have you thought about where you go from there?

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Winnie, a Goldendoodle, is showing off her skills in dog parkour class by sitting on this log. 

We used this pic as the feature pic for a post and video titled Does your puppy know “Sit”? Are you sure? (Hint: it’s about the context!) 

We think of Sit as a pretty easy cue to teach our dogs. For some dogs, it might even be the only thing they learn. 

But heres something to think about. . . What is your expectation for Sit? 

Most people stop at the first step, which usually is: sit for a brief second directly in front of me when I have a treat in my hand. 

But have you thought about where you go from there? 

https://thelightofdog.com/does-your-puppy-know-sit-are-you-sure-hint-its-about-the-context/
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