The new year brings many opportunities for change, whether starting a new diet or setting goals for your social life. While millions of people worldwide strive for personal change when the calendar starts over, what about our pets? Listed here are five new year’s resolutions to ensure your dog experiences his or her best year yet!
More than 54% of household pets in America are overweight or obese, which is a startling statistic given that an animal’s lifespan is directly related to his or her weight. Assess your dog’s body condition and ask yourself whether he or she is an appropriate weight for the breed. If not, consult your veterinarian for a healthy plan to help your pet lose weight. Not only will your dog live longer, but you will save yourself veterinary costs in the long run.
Regardless of whether your dog is a healthy weight, most pets are not receiving enough exercise. Set a goal for your pet to walk or run a predetermined number of minutes or miles each week. Not only will your dog be happier and healthier, but will likely exhibit fewer behavioral problems as well.
Spend More Quality Time with Loved Ones
Your dog lives for interaction with the “pack,” which is a bummer for pets that spend the day home alone while loved ones are at work or school. Make 2019 your dog’s best year yet by devoting extra special quality time to your dog each week. Examples include an extra play session, a special car ride, or simply spending time together on the couch without the distraction of a phone or tablet.
Break Bad Habits
Does your dog have a bad habit that could negatively affect his or her health? Begging, counter surfing, and poor recall (i.e. coming when called) can all lead to health problems. Focus on correcting one bad habit this year for a happier and healthier pup.
Be More Social
Socialization is key for a happy, healthy, and mentally stimulated (read: less likely to destroy the house!) dog. Set a goal for your dog to have a new interaction every week, whether that means meeting a new person, walking a new route, or making a new play date.
When it comes to your dog’s new year’s resolutions, they should ultimately be based on your pet’s wellbeing. Losing weight, exercising more, spending quality time with loved ones, eliminating bad habits, and making an effort to be more social are all ways to make 2019 the best year ever!
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.