1/ Treat your pup to a new toy!
Take them to your favorite pet store, and let them pick out a new toy. If it’s a plush toy, you already know it’s not likely to last long, especially if it has a squeaker. Let your pup go to town on it and make a glorious mess – or consider a different type of toy. Interactive toys have compartments for treats. Your dog will have to work to get the treat, keeping them engaged and occupied for hours at a time.
2/ Get outside together and explore the world!
Cooler weather is finally here! Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood on a leash or a run at the dog park, make a promise to take your dog out to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds all around you. It’s good for you both!
3/ Treat your dog to a spa day or grooming session.
Baths and grooming can be challenging with dogs because there doesn’t seem to be a happy medium. They either love the attention or hate it with a passion. Professional groomers can not only get your pooch looking and smelling great, they can also help with teeth cleaning, nail clipping and anal gland evacuation (don’t try this at home – it’s icky – trust us).
4/ Have a pet party!
Invite friends and neighbors to bring their dogs over for a pet party. Be sure to have plenty of fresh treats and lots of toys to play with – the dogs are bound to have a blast!
5/ Schedule a health check-up.
While it’s not as fun as play time or treats, it’s important for pups to get regular healthcare and annual shots to protect them from disease, so they should see the vet at least once a year. As your pet gets older, more frequent check-ups can help identify any health changes so that they can be treated and managed before they become serious. After all, you want them around for as long as possible.