What’s better than walking your dog on the beach – nothing!

January is Walk Your Dog Month.  Earlier this month I wrote a Blog about resolutions.  Was one of your resolutions to get more exercise?  Don’t buy that treadmill!  Hook up that leash to your dog and get moving!  As some of you may know, I taught fitness classes for about 25 years but then turned my attention to my pet business. I am still an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor.  When I hear exercise resolutions, I can’t help but put on my instructor “hat.”  ACE (American Council on Exercise) had a campaign years ago that had a picture of a Weimaraner with a leash hanging out of its mouth.  The caption underneath the picture read “Think of him as an exercise machine with fur.”  Walk Your Dog Month ties in so well with Train Your Dog Month and with New Year’s Resolutions.  It is no wonder they chose January to be Walk Your Dog Month! It is said that a tired dog is a good dog.  Maybe you should start your training session with a nice brisk walk and burn off some of that excess energy.  Do you or your dog need to lose a couple of pounds?  Walk Your Dog!  Is your dog bored, destructive?  Walk Your Dog! Need help with all this walking and training call East Paws Pet Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Our number is (954) 468-9981.  We will burn that excess energy off with a walk and maybe a little training along the way!


How about a game of Fetch?!

January is National Train Your Dog Month.  I just felt a BIG eye roll from some of you!  You shouldn’t think of training your dog as a chore.  It can be a bonding experience for both of you!  You can (and should) make it FUN!  Your dog doesn’t have to be a robot.  Doing every command perfectly and immediately.  Of course, that would be great!  Only the “Come” cue is the only command they should never ignore, but overall training should be fun. You can teach your dog tricks and entertain your friends and family.  Your dog really loves to be with you and to please you and if there are rewards involved – Yippee!  Did you get a new puppy over the Holidays? Or did you adopt a new pup from the shelter.  You can’t expect a new puppy, or for that matter, a rescued pup to know your house rules. You wouldn’t expect your newborn child to know how to use a fork, walk or use a toilet.  You are going to have to teach them.  Now you have this new pup – who doesn’t speak your language, thinks digging is fun, jumping up is a great way to get close to someone – and you are just going to let them figure it out! You are going to have to teach them.  It’s Train Your Dog Month – you do have to start somewhere!  Need help? Call us at East Paws Pet Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The phone number is (954) 468-9981.


It is the end of the first month of the New Year, how’s everyone doing with those resolutions you made January 1st?  Are you sticking to that diet?  How about sticking to that fitness routine? One way to make Big changes is to start small.  That’s right, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Rather than cutting everything out of your diet (and any eating plan is a diet), maybe you start with your portion size.  You still eat what you like just a little less.  If you want to exercise, schedule it!  Make an appointment with yourself, put it on your calendar!  And again, don’t say you’re going to workout 2 hours/7days a week.  Make it small, doable tasks, such as 15 minutes on a treadmill.  Personally, I don’t like restricting my food choices, I would rather move more, but I do have to put my pug on a diet!  I start by monitoring her treats. I, already, measure out her meals, but those treats can add up. (Of course, this is with the blessing of her Vet.) Our pets can’t monitor their own food intake, it’s up to us as their guardians.  Obesity in pets is on the rise and along with it are diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.  Here at East Paws Pet Services of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we will administer insulin injections for your cat or heart medications for your dog.  But if you can prevent these diseases by not over feeding your pets, don’t you think you show and you’ll prolong their life, too.  Remember – Food is not Love.  There’s a saying “If your dog is fat, you need to exercise!” If you’re monitoring your diet, don’t forget your furry pal!

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