The new year is upon us, and while most of us have started our own new year’s resolutions, why not consider involving your pet this year?
Suggestions for you and your pet during this new year:
- More Walks and Playtime
Not only is this great bonding time for you and your pet, it is likely one of your pet’s favorite activities to do. Bring them some extra joy and help improve their health (and yours) with some exercising! Make a commitment to try to walk your dog at least once a day. Go to your local pet store and purchase a ball, frisbee, or rope tug toy. Or even a feather teaser for your cat. The point is to get both of you moving!
- Take Your Pet For A Check Up
The start of a new year is a great time to make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. Call your veterinarian and schedule your pet’s annual checkup. Annual bloodwork is also recommended to check for any undetected health conditions. Have your pet’s teeth examined. Staying on top of your pet’s dental health can help reduce bad breath, infection, and discomfort.
- Obedience Training
Make this the year that you train your dog to stop jumping on guests, to stop barking at the door, or to sit and stay when told. Obedience training is just as important for dogs as school is for kids. Whether you take the time to do it yourself or you look into obedience classes or a trainer, the results will yield much needed improvements to your dog’s overall behavior.
- Socialize Your Dog
Socialization is a necessity for dogs! They are social creatures, and not just with humans but other dogs as well. A great way to socialize your dog is by taking them to a local dog park. If your dog isn’t the best socializer, contact a trainer. They can help ease your pet into a socialized setting. They also may be able to recommend a group class where your dog can pick up some new tricks and have social interactions with other dogs at the same time.
- Improve Their Diet
Eating healthier is a great new year’s resolution for you and for your pet too! Spend some time doing your research and look into the ingredients of what your dog is eating. Are there better options out there? Even a suggestion from your vet would suffice if you’re not into researching the ingredients on your own. If you like spending time in the kitchen, try baking homemade treats. There are plenty of healthy dog and cat treat recipes online. The extra amount of love you put into them will not go unnoticed by your four legged friends!
- Spend More Time On Your Pet’s Grooming
This is another great bonding opportunity for you and your pet. Brushing your pet’s coat improves its appearance and increases circulation leading to healthier skin as well. Keeping nails trimmed to an appropriate length, making sure ears are clean, and brushing your pet’s teeth are other forms of grooming that you can resolve to do in 2016.
- Spend More Quality Time With Your Pet
Life gets busy, but don’t let your pet suffer as a result. Make sure you are setting aside time every day to spend caring for your pet. Whether it is play time, a walk, obedience class, or just cuddling, your pet will enjoy the extra time! Studies show that spending time with your pet can lower your blood pressure and improve your mood. It’s a win-win for both you and your pet.
There could be no easier resolution to keep than spending time with your best friend. They are a part of your everyday life and you both could benefit physically, emotionally and mentally from a combined resolution. Let 2016 go to your pets! Happy New Year to all!