8 New Year's Resolution Ideas for You and Your Dog
[ Written by Tim Winfred ]
As you reflect on this past year and start to think about the things that you want to do for yourself in the new year, don't forget to keep your four-legged friends in mind!
Here are eight ideas for New Year's resolutions that will benefit both you and your dog.
1. I resolve to provide my dog with more nutritious meals and treats
Canine nutritional knowledge in continually expanding and more food and treat options are becoming available. As with us humans, nutrition is a key part of a dog's health and plays a huge role in extending their life, so it is more important than ever that we are basing our feeding choices off of good information. It can feel overwhelming at first to learn about dog nutrition, but your pup is depending on you to help provide them with a balanced diet of fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins.
Take some time over the next month or so to do internet searches and to talk to your veterinarian. You might be surprised at how adjusting your dog's diet can improve their happiness and vitality.
2. I resolve to teach my dog a new command
Taking the time to teach your dog a new command is a great way to bond and keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Whether it's something as simple as the sit command, or something as complex as the army crawl, there are so many available resources on YouTube from professional trainers to help get you started.
Not sure where to start? Try doing an internet search for "fun dog tricks" and see which commands interest you.
3. I resolve to take my dog on longer walks more frequently
Walks are a great way to provide your dog with much-needed exercise, but a lot of dog owners make their walks short and sweet. Resolving to take your dog on longer walks more frequently will provide health benefits to both you and your pup. Plus, long walks are a great way to deplete their energy and reduce their at-home neediness, which is especially important for high-energy dogs.
4. I resolve to train my dog to stay calm when walking past another dog
Speaking of walks, can I address the elephant in the room? There are a lot of dog owners who haven't figured out how to teach their dog to remain calm when walking past another dog. A dog with leash aggression, or one that gets overly excited, is stressful for both untrained and trained dogs. It is also a pain point for their owners.
Training your dog to stay calm when on a walk will not only make your walks less stressful, but you might find that you end of having some good conversations with other dog owners (if that's your thing of course).
YouTube is a great resource for lessons on this kind of training if you're not sure where to start.
5. I resolve to treat myself as good as I treat my dog
This resolution is a personal one to me, and it comes from a place a deep personal reflection...
Self-love is something we all struggle with from time to time, but I've found that the more I talk with friends and family about it the more I understand what I need to be happy. This year, let's resolve to treat ourselves as good as we treat our fur babies and learn just as much about our pet's happiness as we do about our own mental health.
6. I resolve to clean my dog's teeth more often
Oral hygiene is one of the most important factors of our dog's health, but sadly it's one of the most overlooked. Taking proper care of your dog's teeth is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and thriving as they age.
This year, resolve to add regular brushing to your dog's routine. If you can't do it daily or find that your dog is resistant, try to do it at least a few times a week and add dental treats to their diet to help remove plaque and tartar.
7. I resolve to prepare for a disaster and make an emergency kit
If you haven't made your emergency kit already, this is the year to stop talking about it and finally take the time to actually do it. Take a few hours to do some research online and write down what items you need for your kit, then spend a weekend shopping for those items. If you can't find all of the items locally, source them online. Set a time limit and hold yourself accountable.
Don't forget to add items to your kit for your pets so that you're able to make sure they're as comfortable as possible in an emergency situation.
8. I resolve to help more animals in need
If you have some time or money to spare (no matter how little), consider giving your extra resources to help animals in need. There are thousands of non-profit animal rescues around the world that need volunteers and financial help.
At Sole Flops, we are resolving to give a bigger portion of every sale and volunteer more of our time to non-profit animal rescues. If you own an animal rescue and would like to partner with us, please contact us for more information.
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