It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Now that you have hopefully gotten all of your holiday shopping done, the only thing left to do is celebrate with your loved ones, and set some New Year’s Resolutions.
According to “Now You Know Big Book of Answers” by Doug Lennox, New Year’s Resolutions can be traced all the way back to the ancient Babylonians making promises to the gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
I could find no mention of the Babylonians making any kind of canine resolutions, but Cesar reminds us of the importance of setting resolutions for our dogs, such as walking them every day for at least forty-five minutes, living in the moment with them, scheduling play time, and sharing affection — but only when your dog is in a calm, submissive state.
I talked to some other people to find out what resolutions they’re making for 2013, and here are their responses.
Lana Orin, a production designer at MyPublisher, has a two-year-old Chihuahua terrier mix rescue named Tadpole. “We’ve had Tadpole for over a year, and he is a really good dog except for one issue that is recurring every so often. Tadpole tends to mark new things we buy. If it is new to him, he has to claim it as his property,” says Orin.
“We think he was housebroken using plastic bags because it’s impossible to keep plastic bags on the floor without him peeing on them.” Last year Lana set her first New Year’s Resolution for Tadpole, which was “to teach him that plastic bags and various other objects are not there for him to pee on, and just because something is on the ground doesn’t mean it’s for Tad to mark,” Orin explained.
Having set a New Year’s Resolution for Tadpole last year, will there be another one this year? “I would like to set the same ‘no marking inside the apartment’ resolution again except, based on how Tad has trained us, I don’t think it will happen,” Orin adds.
Cesar’s fans will immediately spot the problem in her next statement: “The moment we start comforting him for his mistake, we are instantly giving him the approval to mark as he pleases. It’s hard to get respect from your dog if it’s impossible to punish him. Tadpole is a very sweet loving dog so it’s extra frustrating that he has this only downfall.”
At least Orin understands where the problem lies. Maybe she can make a resolution for this year to help Tadpole stop his territorial marking by giving him rules, boundaries and limitations, and establishing the humans as the pack leaders.
Not all New Year’s Resolutions need to be about fixing a behavior or giving discipline to your dog. In some cases, we dog owners need to make some changes to our lifestyle for our dog’s sake.
Ann Chiappetta is a program coordinator at Westchester Disabled on the Move. She has a black Lab named Verona, and is setting a few resolutions because she enjoys challenging projects. “I’d like to remember to order poop bags on time as I hate using those supermarket bags,” says Chiappetta. “Also, I’d like to remember to purchase good ear plugs and wear them every night to drown out the snoring husband and the dreaming Labrador. The tandem noise is just too much.”
Besides shopping, Ann also has a fun resolution. “Remember to be thankful every day for happy tails and Labrador kisses, no matter what time it is — especially at 5:30 a.m. on weekends. Hey, they don’t know you can sleep late,” laughs Chiappetta.
As for me, what resolutions do I have in mind for Nash and me? I’d love for Nash to stop licking his paws so much. He has really bad allergies, and licks his paws a lot. He is on allergy pills, but still licks away. Some nights I will get into bed and there is a giant wet spot not from him peeing or anything, but from him licking at his paws.
As part of Nash’s holiday gifts, I just bought him a shampoo soothing lotion that will hopefully help with his irritation. So my resolution, if it works, is to keep on top of it. On a less serious note, I’d like for Nash to start teaching me yoga, as every time right before we go outside, Nash goes into a downward dog pose, so I am assuming that he is a yogi, and that there is a lot that I could learn from him.
We’d love to hear from you on any resolutions that you have set for you and your dog. Please share them with us in the comment section below, and have a very happy and safe New Year.
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