They cuddle us. They love us. They are our best friends. Sharing your life with your pup is amazing, but it can definitely come with its obstacles and challenges. Many pawrents soon realize that with that furry companionship comes training and discipline to keep them behaved, healthy and active. You know the old saying… “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”… well studies have shown that is not the case. Actually, forming good habits with your pup can happen at any point in life. Let’s delve into some of the ways to keep young pups trained and your old baby full of vibrancy and well-behaved manners.
Get A Routine and Stick To It
Just like humans, dogs perform much better if they have routines. Setting up a routine for your pet to follow can improve overall health through increased energy, better sleep, and a calmer behavior. In order to create the best routine for your pup you should ensure that it includes a healthy amount of all the important components. A routine forms after repeating the same activity and actions for a continuous period of time. For humans it takes about 21 days to pick up and stick to a new habit, and because our furry friends resemble us in many ways, it takes almost the same amount of time for a dog to adapt to a new routine. It is estimated that a dog can change and exercise new behaviors between 21 to 28 days.
There are many things a pet parent can do to help encourage a successful routine, it starts with providing your pet with the right tools. Outlining your pet’s access around your home is extremely important to maintain a healthy environment for them. Providing them with their own furniture will help them establish their own little kingdom within your home. Starting with the most important item, many living things, a bed. Sleep is a major component for a dog’s health and it starts with the right bed. Alpha Paw’s Cozy Bed is one of the most revolutionary beds on the pet market that is designed to reduce stress and anxiety by mimicking a mother’s fur and warmth. In addition to a bed your dog needs to feel like they can freely roam around without injuring themselves. For many dog breeds, but especially for short-legged breeds, investing in a dog ramp is groundbreaking. The Paw Ramp by Alpha Paw is the number one vet recommended dog ramp. It included four adjustable heights and is great for the couch, bed, and any higher places you allow your pup on.
Make Training Day A Priority
Training is one of the biggest components of forming good habits. It starts with forming boundaries and establishing good and bad behaviors. One of the biggest struggles pet owners face when training their dog is potty training. For some pawrents potty training is only temporary, while for others it is a permanent habit that needs to be taught depending on their living situations. While some dogs understand the concept of potty training and take to pee pads very easily, others need a lot more help, this is why we recommend using the Magic Pee Pads by Alpha Paw while on your potty training quest. Their Magic Pee Pads are made with new carbon technology to prevent any leaking and absorbs odors. They’re infused with natural pheromones to help guide your pup to use them the correct way. Mess free, and worry free, they’ll make potty training you pooch easy peasy!
Exercise is Important
New Year… New Me is a motto a lot of us start at the beginning of the year. Resolutions we make with ourselves to exercise either go smoothly or we leave our tennis shoes in the closet for more time than we would like to admit. However, for your pup creating an exercise plan is a necessity to keep their bodies moving, agile and healthy. Your pup requires exercise because that is what triggers their endorphins and keeps them happy. Just like us after a spin class, getting exercise releases emotions and triggers our calming nature. Naturally, pups do suffer from anxiety.
Vet’s recommend getting 30 minutes of playtime/exercise per day to help combat those emotions and to prolong the life of your pup. While we cannot prevent our dogs from adding on those doggy years to their lives, we can prevent them from weight gain and age-related diseases. Taking your pup to the park, going on a walk around the neighborhood or having some good ole classic fetch in the backyard are all amazing ways to keep you and your pup bonded. In addition, if your pup is more of an “inside” companion, a great way to keep your pup fit, active, and safe while at home is our Paw Ramp. As we mentioned above, it can prevent any damage with pup’s that suffer from IVDD but it can also be a great way to get your pup moving when they have been sedentary for a while. By going up and down the ramp, your pup can feel accomplished and release those needed endorphins we mentioned above.
Time For A Check Up
While your pup might be scared of the Vet, going to them routinely is important in maintaining proper health throughout the lifetime of your pup. Especially when your fur baby gets up there in dog years, you want a trusted professional to rely on should anything change due to their pup. Studies have shown that pet owners who routinely visit the Vet, have more chances of extending the life of their furry companion. Routine Vet visits help track any progressional changes your pup might have and can catch any life-altering diseases. For Senior pups, a routine Vet visit is imperative for catching any arthritis or joint problems that can worsen over time with no treatment. Further, your licensed Vet can also give you recommendations on what products would be good to keep the health of your pup A+. One product that pawrents have decided is a must-have is our Magic Mouthwash. Featuring a natural-based formula designed to help eliminate bad breath, fight tartar and plaque build-up, this magical bottle leaves teeth and gums cleaner and healthier for your dog.
You Love Me… You Really Love Me.
While this one is definitely a given, showing affection also is one of the most important habits to keep in mind. Like you, our furry companions thrive on just that companionship and compassion. Day-to-day life can sometimes get in the way of our abilities to provide constant affection, however, it’s important to remain passionate about showcasing just how much your fur baby means to you. As you have read above, at Alpha Paw, we’ve developed many great products to showcase the love you have for your pet. A pawsome way for you to showcase your affection is to buy them a treat that they definitely will be thankful for. This is where Victor’s Doggy Cookies comes in. Developed by our 10-year-old- CO CEO, Victor’s Doggy Cookies provides natural, organic ingredients in delicious flavors to keep your pup’s smile intact. With our Buy One, Give One motto, not only are you keeping your pup happy… but every bag we sell, we donate a meal to a pup in shelters across the country. Even far away, you can get double the affection and feel doubly happy with these fantastic treats.
Good Habits Start With You!
It’s as simple as that. By committing to be the pawfect pet pawrent can have its challenges, it is definitely doable! Lucky for you, Alpha Paw will be there whenever you need us.