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8 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy This Year

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! As we (finally) leave 2020 in the rear view mirror, many people are setting goals for 2021. Why not include Fido in your plans? A local vet lists some ‘pawesome’ resolutions for dog owners in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.


Daily play sessions give Fido a fun workout, help him burn off any excess energy, and strengthen the bond between you. Pick up new toys for your pup and play with him daily. This can help keep you happy, too! 


A yummy snack is a definite tail wagger! Snacks are a great way to brighten up Fido’s day. A little bacon or sausage is fine on occasion, but for the most part, you’ll want to opt for healthier foods.

Veterinary Care

We know, Fido would probably prefer anything else on this list over an appointment. However, proper veterinary care will keep your pooch healthy, which will in turn improve his overall quality of life. Keep up with your furry friend’s appointments!


Our canine companions love going to new places and sniff unfamiliar grass. Get outdoors this year, and let Fido explore some trails or parks. This will be good for you, too! 


Man’s Best Friend is very loyal, and can form extremely strong bonds with his humans. However, the relationship between you will be much smoother if you can communicate. That’s where training comes in! If Fido is still working on learning basic commands, take time to work with him on those. Otherwise, show him some cute tricks!

Reward Good Behavior

Dogs are very loyal, and they really do try to please their humans. However, it’s important to guide your pup’s behavior by rewarding him when he’s being good. Dole out lots of praise and ear scritches for Fido when he is behaving.


Keep your furry pal comfortable by providing him with things like soft beds, and keeping up with his grooming care needs.


Last but not least, make sure that your canine buddy feels loved and safe! Spend time with Fido every day. Your faithful pet really just wants to be with you!

Happy New Year from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas. Please contact us for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.