January 03, 2023
5 New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Dog | Dog Edition #79

Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, most of us make resolutions for the New Year. But what fun are they if they don’t include a dog?!

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If your dog could make resolutions for 2023, what would they be? Eat more treats? Go to the dog park every day? Never have their nails trimmed?

On the show today we’re talking about New Year's Resolutions. We won't be telling you how to lose weight or badgering you to finish your home repairs. Instead, we’ve come up with some very creative ways to include your dog in your New Year’s resolutions.

2022 has come with its fair share of challenges, but as we enter the New Year, we have a few goals for you that will bring you and your dog closer than ever. Our hosts also share their resolutions and some of their favorite ways to spend quality time with their furry family members.

Episode Links

The Long Leash #70 Connecting Human Health with Vet Care with Dr. Michael Blackwell

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean by American Kennel Club

The Long Leash #61 Sit, Stay, Speak! With Buttons with Leo Trottier

The Long Leash #72 The Dog Genius Challenge with Claudia Fugazza

Chew This Journal by Sassafras Lowrey

Color Me Mutt 5K and 1 mile color fun run/walk

How to Meditate with Your Dog by James Jacobson and Kristine Madera

Blinkist The book-summarizing subscription service based in Berlin, Germany. 

This episode is sponsored in part by EverPup and BarkBox.

About Dr. Michael Blackwell

Dr. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee. He is the founder of AlignCare Health, a One Health interprofessional system to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means.

AlignCare Health

Other Guests

Leo Trottier is the founder and CEO of CleverPet, a startup that uses smart hardware to teach pets automatically through advanced cognitive and behavioral science techniques.

Claudia Fugazza is a researcher at the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. During her PhD, she developed a training method called Do as I Do, which relies on dogs’ social cognitive skills.

Sassafras Lowrey is an author, and dog trainer, and is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sassafras is an All-Star Trainer of the Year Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and AKC CGC & Tricks Evaluator who has supported over 300 dog and handler teams earning trick titles from around the world.

Randy Drew is the founder of Parc Foundation, which started hosting Color Me Mutt in 2007 to benefit service dogs and those who need them.


0:00 Introduction

10:33 Learn a New Language

16:16 Read More

18:15 Get Outside

20:58 Spend More Quality Time

24:26 Outro

About Dog Podcast Network (DPN) 

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The Long Leash where we rescue tasty scraps from the editing room floor in an unscripted interview show

Dog Cancer Answers which offers vetted advice from real veterinarians who answer your questions about dog cancer

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