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Making good dogs GREAT!

The New Approach Canine mascot is a drawing of a black and white pup named Mojo. The real-life Mojo was a heart-stealing bichon frise who was a regular participant in our daycare program. Imagine this spunky ball of fluff zipping around with his daycare pals, showering our staff with affection, and bursting with excitement to see his people at the end of the day.

And he’d be back again in the morning eager to do it all over again! Mojo was the first New Approach participant to pass away, and to honour the impact he had on us, Mojo’s name lives on vibrantly. Every dog that trots through our doors leaves a paw print on our hearts. Dog people know that having a dog can positively impact your life in numerous ways. Here are some additional ways that dogs make even the dreariest Monday morning fantastic!

A recent study out of Sweden strongly suggests that people with dogs have a reduced risk of contracting cardiovascular disease. The study examined data encompassing medical records and dog registrations for 3.4 million people over the course of 12 years. It’s believed that having a dog encourages people to commit to a suitably active lifestyle.

On average it’s recommended that adults (humans!) get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week to maintain good health. Walk your dog for at least 15 minutes twice a day, every day, and you’re set! Of course we know that you and Benefit of Having a Dogyour dog want to walk longer than that, or maybe you want to run around at the park or play fetch in the backyard, too. Whether you’re bending over to refill the water and food bowls, or throwing a ball for your dog while you play, you’re stretching and using muscles that otherwise might remain stiff sitting at your desk at work or in the easy chair in front of the TV.

Having a dog to take care of encourages routine. Not only are your routinely exercising with those walks, you’re also likely to wake up at the same time every day to feed your dog and let him outside, and your evening dog care routines are a signal to your body that it’s time to get ready for bed. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule may help with concentration and productivity, to name just a few benefits. Plus, your dog really appreciates knowing when to expect meals, walks, and playtime, which can go a long way to curb anxiety and excited behaviour that ends up with your favourite shoes in the garbage.

Supporting your mental health is another wonderful advantage of dog ownership. Dogs provide heartfelt companionship, are by your side whatever your mood, and will often curl up beside you and let you pet them until you feel calm. And they bring so much joy! That’s why there are organizations that bring dogs into medical care facilities to cheer residents, and even to schools during exams.

Start your New Year’s resolutions off on the right paw with training! We’ve got a variety of class levels available to strengthen the bond between you and your dog in every situation. Call us at (519) 208-5559 to for more information.

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These three components are the perfect formula for a healthy and happy dog. Training is important not just for discipline but also to help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by establishing boundaries. Daycare keeps your dog well exercised but more importantly keeps him/her socialized. Grooming is not just about aesthetics. More importantly, a good groomer may recognize things like skin conditions or suspicious lumps and bumps

Together these components are the key to your dogs success.

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