It's the start of the new year and it's time to start thinking about those resolutions. A fun way to make sure you keep them is to get your dog involved. We've come up with a list of fun resolutions that are not only easy to keep, but will also be good for your dog's health and you.
Try Something New With Your Pup
It's a new year, so why not try something new. From camping, to cycling or swimming, it's a great way for you and your dog to both get exercise and to bond. Who knows what adventures you will have? You can even make new friends for both you and your dog in meet ups or hobby groups, which will tick off another resolution below! If you don't have the time, even something small like a new trick or game will be beneficial for your dog's mental stimulation.
Make Some New Pup Friends
Whether your dog is a social butterfly with a packed calendar already or not, there's always room for more friends. Dogs who don't get enough time socializing with other dogs can become anxious around other dogs and may display antisocial behaviors, so it is important to make sure that your dog has plenty of time making friends. Of course, if your dog is already displaying antisocial behavior towards other dogs, it's important that you speak with your vet or dog trainer so you can find the best way to introduce him to some friends.
Got to Stay Healthy
Don't forget the annual checkup with the vet and the start of the new year is a great time to get all these things in order. Just like humans, if your dog does develop a medical condition, it is always best to catch it early. You can also decide with your vet whether your dog will need a change in diet as he will have different needs as he ages. Lastly, don't forget about the teeth either! Good dental hygiene will help your dog's teeth stay nice and healthy.
Consider Helping Dogs in Need
Whether it's just donating whatever you can to your local shelter, every bit helps. If your dog is quite sociable and you have the time, consider fostering a dog. Dogs who spend more time in foster homes get more time to practice their social skills, which will help them get placed in a permanent home. Or who knows? Maybe that home will even be yours!
Doggy With the Good Hair
It's important to brush your dog's fur on a daily basis to help keep her coat free from matting and to help distribute oils. This is especially important for long hair dogs whose fur can knot up easily. Not only will your dog look better, she will feel better too.
Do you guys have any other resolutions that you've made this year? Please share with us in the comments!