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February 2, 2022
It is that time of the year when people start making notes about their year: highlights of the year, mistakes they made, things they would do better the following year, etc.
Having a new year’s resolution is a good idea because it keeps you on your toes, gives you the needed energy to achieve your goals quicker and gives you accomplishments to be proud about.
Now, let us talk about your new year’s resolution as a dog owner. One mistake that many pet owner’s make is forgetting to include their pets in their plans for the new year.
You might not see it, but planning for your pet is as important as planning for yourself. You both are going to be together for the rest of their lives, so you might as well make the years count.
Here are a number of things that you could add on your resolution list to accommodate your canine partner:
In between your busy schedule of going to work, taking care of the rest of the family, working on projects, and the rest of your daily activities, spending time with your dog might seem impossible.
However, in the new year, you could make sure you dedicate time daily to spend with your fur baby. This promotes better owner-pet bonding and gives you a way happier pup throughout the year.
Another great way of spending time with your pet this year is engaging in daily or weekly exercises. Walking, hiking, yoga, and jogging all have physical and mental health related benefits for you and your dog, and it also gives you both a chance to bond more frequently.
Your fur baby’s physical health should not be taken with levity. Routine checks with a veterinarian are important to ensure there are no underlying health conditions. It also gives you a chance to catch up on any vaccinations, resupply on heartworm and/or flea and tick prevention, as well as an overall wellness check up.
Some other ideas for things to start doing with your pup in the new year could be more baths and scheduled grooming, teaching new tricks and definitely more trips to the dog park!