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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit You and Your Dog

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit You and Your Dog

A new year does not have to mean a “new you,” and honestly… your dog wouldn’t have it any other way. Your dog loves you for YOU. 

But ringing in another new year does sometimes mean you seek out better habits, and historically, these resolutions might just be at the top of your list (according to the top new year’s resolutions for 2022):

☑ To exercise more.

☑ To eat healthier.

Did those make your resolutions cut? Well, the really cool thing about working on your own habits is that your pets might benefit too! 

Here are examples of 5 dog-friendly resolutions for a happier, healthier life for both of you: 

1. Stay active. 

Getting more exercise is a very popular New Year’s resolution, and bringing a furry friend along can be extra motivation. How can you incorporate your dog into your newfound active habits? 

  • Daily activities may include multiple short walks, jogs, or runs. 
  • Weekly activities may include longer hikes and puppy playdates. 
  • Plan these out in advance so you’re more likely to make them happen. 

Check with your vet, but it’s generally recommended for dogs to be physically active for 30 minutes to 2 hours a day, depending on various factors (like size, age, and medical restrictions.)

There’s no denying that being more active is good for everyone, your dog included. Get moving! 

2. Learn first aid for pets.

Honing in on a new skill is another popular New Year’s resolution! 

Maybe you plan to take a CPR and first aid class, so why not put pet first aid on your schedule, too? 

You may have your vet or an animal hospital’s number on speed dial, but it’s best that you know how to immediately attend to an emergency, especially if it’s after office hours. 

Learning pet first aid skills will better equip you to handle various pet emergencies, including but not limited to: 

  • What to do in the moment if your pet breaks a bone (before seeking medical attention, of course.) 
  • When to contact animal poison control.
  • What to do if your pet has a seizure. 
  • How to control wound bleeding. 
  • How to treat a minor burn. 
  • What to do if your pet is choking. 
  • What to do if your pet is having a heat stroke (or how to avoid them to begin with).

Get certified in pet first aid and gain peace of mind that you’re ready for whatever medical emergency pet parenthood throws your way. 

3. Try a new activity. 

Make the new year more fun for you and your dog by introducing dog-friendly novelties into your routine. Depending on the activity you choose, you could also be getting more exercise, which means you just hit two New Year’s resolutions with one stone! 

  • Visit new hiking trails or dog parks. 
  • Try rollerblading or skating with your dog in tow.
  • Take a “sniff training” or any other dog training class.
  • Change your dog-walking route and discover other neighborhoods. 
  • Go geocaching!

Teaching your dog new tricks at least once a month also counts. Is your dog a senior? Check out some tips on how to teach an old(ish) dog new tricks.

Make time for this new year’s resolution more regularly and share tons of new experiences with your dog by the end of 2023 (plus some Insta-worthy moments to capture!) 

4. Stay on top of vet appointments. 

Life is really stinking busy. It’s tough enough staying on top of your own appointments let alone managing your dog’s schedule too. The New Year is the ultimate reset button for filling your calendar with necessary appointments. 

Dedicate one hour in January to checking your dog’s records, getting their annual wellness visit on the calendar, and checking their vaccine records to see when they’ll be due for boosters. 

When it comes to your dog’s health, being proactive is MUCH better than being reactive. By setting aside this time now, you’re doing everything you can to ensure a happy year ahead for your favorite pooch. 

5. Clean out old things. 

Marie Kondo your way to a clutter-free home for you and your pet this upcoming year. And even if your dog doesn’t appreciate the less messy home, they will appreciate the space you created to make room for new exciting toys! 

  • Go through your dog’s old toys, accessories, clothing, and all other supplies. 
  • Make a list of “to replace” items for your dog and slowly chip away at it throughout the year. 
  • Donate what you can to your local pet adoption center.

The best part? A good decluttering session is good for the soul, so you can ring in the New Year with a peaceful environment to match that inner peace. 

5…4…3…2..1… Happy New Year to the best pet parent out there. Cheers to new opportunities to bond with your dog! 

Which of these do you plan to commit to?