5 Real Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Life This Year – Trusty Tails Treats

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We obviously all want our dogs to be happy and to live as long as possible, but there is only so much we can control.

That’s why I wanted to come up with 5 useful, down-to-earth things we can all do to help improve our dogs’ lives in 2016.

I have my 5 ideas below. Please add your own goals or suggestions in the comments to give the rest of us some ideas to brainstorm from.

5 simple ways to improve your dog’s life this year

5 ways to improve your dog's life this year

1. Feed high-quality, healthy treats.

Cheddar Cheese flavor Trusty Tails Treat Kitchen

You have a choice. You can feed your dog junk food or you can feed him healthy snacks. Which will it be?

Trusty Tails Treats are a good choice because they’re healthy treats made with real, fresh ingredients. My dog finds them motivating!

Most of us buy treats for our dogs of some kind for training and snacks so might as well choose goodies that are both healthy and interesting for our dogs.

Trusty Tails treats are made without corn, soy, gluten or wheat.

Order Trusty Tails Treats here.

2. Improve your dog’s diet by 10 percent.

It’s difficult to make multiple changes all at once. Most of us would not be very successful if we tried to cut out all sweets, bread and alcohol from our diets. Instead, it’s more realistic to make small, consistent changes.

The same is true with changing our dogs’ diets. Think of one small way you can improve your dog’s diet.

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For example, how about switching from an average dry dog food brand to a slightly higher-quality brand? Or, if you’re feeding a commercial raw diet, how about buying the option with organic ingredients every other time you shop? That way you’re improving your dog’s diet a little without totally breaking your budget.

Or, how about eliminating one lower-quality ingredient from your dog’s diet, such as corn?

3. Play with your dog every day.

How many days go by where you don’t play with your dog at all? It happens, right?

Let’s make a point to play with our dogs every day!

I’m not talking about hours of playing. I mean, spend even 2 or 3 minutes here and there but just making sure to engage with your dog in a fun way every day.

Ace with Trusty Tails Treats

Some ideas could include:


  • Playing tug or fetch
  • Getting your dog to chase you
  • Hiding with treats and encouraging your dog to find you


It’s important to play with our dogs because it improves our bond and makes us fun and interesting!

4. Plan for future vet costs.

It’s easy to put off conversations or planning about how you might handle expensive veterinary costs that come up for your dog. However, it’s better to plan ahead for how you will handle such expenses vs. making decisions in the spur of the moment when you are more likely to be worried, emotional and stressed.

Is pet insurance worth considering? Should you start saving money? Will you rely on Care Credit?

These are important things to start thinking about before any issues come up.

5. Choose one dog training goal to focus on.

I’m sure your dog has all kinds of behavioral issues he could improve upon, right? 🙂

Rather than wishing you could change six things about your dog, how about choosing one to focus on for now?

Perhaps it’s finally mastering loose-leash walking or finally getting your dog to be calm when people visit or maybe it’s teaching him to stay on his dog bed.

Whatever it might be, try to pick just one and come up with a plan that will work for you and your dog. Once you’ve made progress there, add another training goal.

And of course, the majority of dogs will be much more likely to pay attention during training if we use highly valued treats!

Trusty Tails Cheese Please

More info on Trusty Tails Treat Kitchen

Trusty Tails Treats are crunchy biscuits that come in three varieties:


  • cheddar cheese
  • apple & coconut and
  • peanut butter & honey


The treats are made in the United States with human-grade ingredients in small batches. This means they are safe for people to eat as well (trust me, I’ve eaten them).

My dog Ace with Trusty Tails

The treats are made with no gluten, corn, wheat, soy, eggs, added sugar, added salt or any additives or preservatives.

They include ingredients such as garbanzo flour, potato starch, peanut butter, flaxseed, coconut oil, honey and cinnamon.

Giveaway – Win a prize pack of treats from Trusty Tails

Trusty Tails Treat KitchenTrusty Tails Treat Kitchen is giving away a prize pack of treats to one lucky reader of That Mutt.

*Congrats to Tiffany Smith!

The winner will receive a sample pack including all three flavors.

To enter:

Just leave a comment below to let me know what you’re planning on doing to help improve your dog’s life in 2016. Will you be working on more exercise? Feeding healthier treats? Let me know!

I’ll choose one winner at random on Sunday Jan. 17. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

You can also order Trusty Tails Treats here

What are you doing to improve your dog’s life in 2016?

Let me know in the comments!

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49 thoughts on “5 Real Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Life This Year – Trusty Tails Treats”

  1. Oooh, nice sounding new treats I’ll have to check in to, thank you! I try to feed my gang the optimum quality for their needs & we enjoy our exercise outings. I need to do some refresher training on the “come” while off leash! Distractions are winning out & it’s up to me to make them more successful in that command.

  2. I gave very serious belgian shepherd who guards zs like mad
    ans does not anyone else, only us.so whatever he does correctly,he is 8 months old, has to be rewarded.

  3. I’m making a goal to make more of their food; I already do most of their raw, but I’ve been paying for supplements that I could put together on my own for less money. I started with a vegetable supplement that has saved me 75% and a gland supplement that will save me even more.

    Feeding healthy doesn’t have to break the bank!

  4. We’d love to try these treats. Over the past couple years we have phased in healthier foods and treats, basically cut out the junk food. As for training, we are working on our tracking and nose work titles which is a lot of work. It is something we will be working on forever because there is always more training necessary.

  5. I like the choice of the flavors your treats have. It’s different from everybody else’s! I like to give my dog a variety of flavors so they know they have a choice to try.

  6. Does anyone out there know how to get your dog to play? Mine played when he was a puppy but now that he is 7, he won’t play with any toys he has or play with me. He needs that type of exercise also!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I get my old guy to play by crawling around on all fours or grabbing a toy and slowly sneaking away and then running. Or using a voice like “wooo!” I know I look ridiculous but we have fun.

  7. i have 3 little girls, they get regular vet check up, they have healthy insurance,the oldest who is 14.5 goes to the vet every 3 mos of so for check ups. i brush their teeth every day and they go to a special dental vet for cleanings and check ups. i watch their weight and make sure they get regular exercise and play games to keep their minds active. i also read every ingredient listing on the food that i gvie them, where it comes from, etc. they also get abt 10 supplements to make sure they are healthy. i use a homeopathic vet and use homeopathic products and supplements. i get them titered so as not to overvacinate and only get what they need. they get acupuncture and laser therapy as well. they also get massages and stretches.

  8. My big goal is to finally take Ranger to agility training. I found a place nearby, just need them to schedule a weekend course because my weekdays are too full already. He would love to learn new tricks and use up some of the excess energy too. And as my NY resolution every year: hike more! Ranger loves hiking and so do I, just need to stop being lazy and do it more.

  9. I play with out two Aussies every day. They are both involved in classes, obedience and agility, although we are taking a break for part of the winter. We go on walks almost every day on our local trails and I work on training in every other walk. They have a full, fenced back yard and the house to live and play in. They eat a very high quality food and treats and get regular vet checkups. I am blessed to be home with them every day so they don’t spend alot of time cooped up – although they’ve been taught to love their crates! They are my best friends ever and the most fun! Those wiggle butts, kisses and big love are enough to make any humans life very, very happy. 🙂

  10. Our chocolate lab, Bubba, has lost 26 pounds and needs to lose 10 more. I will continue to focus on his diet…giving him only nutrition treats…..would love to try yours…Of course, watching how many! I walk Bubba 3 miles a day but do not play with him, my husband does. I am going to find those moments to play. I am going to work with him to learn to calm down when people come to the house….he has brought so much laughter and love to our family….Love him!

  11. I plan on taking Nala on longer walks and hopefully on some hikes soon because she is pretty high energy being a Jack Russell and 4 mile walks don’t seem to cut it sometimes. Another one of my plans is to add some more raw food to her diet I have been researching it as it has to be done right. Nala eats pretty well right now (high quality kibble/homemade topper) but raw seems like a great addition.

  12. Allison Hoffman

    I would love for my pups to try these! It’s always better to give healthy snacks with good ingredients. I am going to try to feed my dog healthier food and treat options and get him exercise daily.

  13. My goal this year is to do something new, and bond-increasing with each of my dogs this year. I want to have 2 of them CGC’ed, one of them back in training and practicing agility, and one of them in nosework classes. I kind of let my training slide in 2015, and I want to improve upon my handler skills while building a better bond with each of my pups.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      That sounds great! I loved taking my dog to training classes of any kind. He is retired from classes now and I miss it.

  14. Love your blog!
    Those look like very yummy treats!
    I am going to work with my older pup to stay calm when guests come and my younger pup to come when called, maybe Tasty Treats will help,

  15. Sarah D. and Tonya Dog

    All these suggestions are awesome! I’ve been working on healthier food for my dog since last year, it’s been going great! I have been feeding her the best I can find, and trying out raw, freeze dried, and the like! I intend on working more on her health wise though, since she is getting older, and working on better and better grooming!

  16. Kado is a Bulmastiff and is large anyway but he is eating diet dog food and I would love to win him healthy treats. We walk every night a little farther each week.. He is 154lbs now so I am doing something right but he is not happy about it.

  17. Jennie and I walk every night but since she is 11 it’s hard to do much more. So I am trying raw veggies as a snack but she would love real snacks.

  18. My 2 rescues love, love, love natural treats! They would love, love, love – and bark, bark, bark – for the treats!

  19. We are now doing titers blood tests instead of vaccinations. Also feeding a raw diet and watching the ingredients in her treats. I would like to try yours.
    Many thanks

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