With the New Year only a few barks away it’s time to decide on your New Year’s resolutions. The majority of people resolve to shed some weight, eat healthier, join a gym, or save more money, but what about your dog, what is his or her New Year’s resolution?
The best type of resolution is one that benefits you and your dog, thus pushing you to achieve your goals and not give up, if only for the benefit of your dog’s health.
It’s hard enough to come up with your own changes to aim for in the New Year, let alone come up with two-sided resolutions that are good for you and your dog. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered with 4 ideas for New Year’s resolutions you and your pet can achieve as a team in the coming year.
New Year’s Resolution #1: Help Your Dog Shed Excess Pounds
It’s not just humans that are overweight. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention there are an estimated 37 million overweight pets in the US alone. Sadly, if your dog is overweight they are not going to live as long as their fit peers. By trimming some pounds off your overweight dog you could increase their life expectancy by 15%!
Overweight dogs are also more likely to experience arthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer and more. Plus, losing weight simply feels good; your dog will feel more active, capable, and less bloated.
A common New Year’s resolution is to spend less money, and by cutting back your dog’s diet you will simultaneously save money. Collectively, owners of overweight dogs spend an estimated $8 billion dollars a year on excess food, vet bills, and medicines related to issues concerning obesity.
New Year’s Resolution #2: Take Your Dog On More Walks
Dogs that get plenty of exercise are less likely to cause troubles in the house and pick up bad habits, like raiding the garbage or digging up your new roses. Frequent walks also increase physical fitness, improve your pet’s overall health, extend their life, and help improve obedience. Plus, by taking your dog for more walks you are actively improving your own health and trimming weight from your waistline.
Making a New Year’s resolution to take your dog for more walks is fun and beneficial for you and your four-legged friend. The best part is, your dog will push you to keep up with your new walking regime. Once they get into the habit of going for walks at certain times they will be sure to remind you with leash between teeth, a grin, and a persistently wagging tail.
New Year’s Resolution #3: Get Social With Your Canine
Looking to make new friends in the New Year? Social interactions are good for the soul, for both people and canines. Chances are, your dog would love some new companions. For the most part, dogs are naturally social creatures that enjoy the company of other animals. Take your dog to the local dog park, dog beach, or seek groups in your local community that meet up regularly with their dogs.
When you first interact with other dog owners you immediately have something in common to chat about. This commonality helps spark easy friendships, giving you and your dog new friends to call up and interact with, which is good for you both on many different levels. New friendships lead to new experiences, which will ultimately add so much to your life in the coming year.
New Year’s Resolution #4: Quit Smoking For You And Your Dog
Despite the fact 5 million people die every year due to tobacco-related illness, more than 1 billion people around the world smoke cigarettes. Humans are not the only ones harmed by tobacco, dogs are also victims. Quitting smoking isn’t easy and requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it’s easier to quit if you do it for your dog’s health.
Dogs that are exposed to tobacco have an increased risk for nasal and lung cancer. By quitting smoking you will improve your own health, save money, and extend the life of your dog.
A Great New Year For You And Your Dog
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