New Year resolutions going to the dogs? Maybe it’s a good thing…

by Dan on January 17, 2013

New Year's Eve Fire Works Display

Happy 2013!! How has your January been going—we can’t believe the month is already almost over!? We’ve made some serious Kurgo New Year resolutions for 2013, and are ready to follow through on them. We want our fans to know the best ways to get out and travel with their pets, and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle for everyone. Here are a few simple tips to help you do both this winter!

Well if you have been reading this blog, you know that pet travel safety is a big one for us. We don’t care if you are just driving around the corner with your pet or on a 10 day road trip—bottom line, your pet should be restrained for the safety of everyone. Some simple ways to do this are as follows. Big or small, it is so easy to take the step and start traveling safely with your pet.

There are many travel options available for you and your dog, so this is a great New Year’s resolution. In the vehicle you want to minimize distraction of the driver. If you use a crate, make sure that the crate is secured to the seat in your vehicle. If you use a safety harness for your dog, it should function with your vehicle’s seat belt and have been crash tested.  Both will help deter driver distraction. There are also booster seats for dogs that work well with small breads. These should still always be used in conjunction with a harness and the pup should be secured in their seat.

So next on our list is exercise. If you have a dog we want you to make time to get outside and play together, even through these long New England winter months! There are still so many things you can do together in the winter, even with limited resources and time.

First, make sure you and your dog are properly visible. It gets dark out quickly and a flashlight and some reflective material can help save lives. Whether it’s a dog vest or pack, or something you’ve created yourself—this is important. That being said, have fun, it’s as much exercise for you as it is for your dog.

Mac and Clover dog sled team

Play fetch in the snow with snowballs. Go to the dog park if you can get there before dark. If you have daylight, get out onto a wooded trail – the trees help block winter winds and offers ample space for your dog to play. The scents, sounds and small critter movements with make your pup tired in no-time and you get to breathe in some nice fresh winter air.

If it is getting too dark for you and you are not comfortable walking at night, another good option is to enroll your pup in some classes. Whether its agility, or swimming these can add a necessary active routine.

Hope this information is helpful, and that you are keeping up with your New Year resolutions! Safe travels!

-Kurgo

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