Stress less. Lose weight. Exercise more. What about a canine activity class?
This is the time of year many start to lose grip on New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement. Turning over a new leaf is relevant for our four-legged companions, too. Plus, having a buddy or pal to conquer those resolutions make them more fun.
It’s only February – too early in 2012 to give up! Try these ideas. Don’t forget regular veterinary care and daily hugs.
Many organizations offer canine activity classes, including local SPCAs, which offer training at affordable costs. A one-time only basics course can improve your relationship and communication with your four-legged best friend.
Ongoing support can be found in six-week training sessions. Specialty classes even focus on activities that get the two of you out of the house and practicing newly-acquired social skills.
What about that couch-potato cat? Tabby needs exercise, too. "Predatory" play indoors can work off the pounds. Food delivery toys offer treats, yes, but they also provide the purr-fect challenge. It takes time and energy to hunt down that kibble-filled treasure.
If your daily walks with Fido leave you panting, angry at the neighbor’s dog, and generally tied up in knots – and the leash – check out classes to eliminate bad behaviors. You’ll be less frustrated and your dog will learn that you are the alpha, albeit a kind and gentle one.
Me? I’m headed for my second doga (rhymes with yoga) class at SPCA. The class is from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at SPCA in Largo. I hope to see you and four favorite canine pal there!