New Year resolutions for dog owners

The majority of us will create a list of New Year’s resolutions for the beginning of January, promising to enhance or perfect something in our lives, or to help out or pay it forward for a friend or family member. If you have a dog, do you make such promises to your beloved pet? Here are our suggestions for some New Year’s resolutions to our dogs.

Take daily walks

Everyone has overeaten over the Festive period, and put on a few extra pounds. Head outdoors with your pooch, as exercising is always much more fun with a friend. If your busy schedule means you cannot walk your dog daily, enlist the help of a qualified, certified, dog walker.

Feed your pet a healthier diet

Tell yourself no more table scraps for snacks. Stick to feeding a good quality dog mix and provide some healthy snack options, such as homemade pet treats, apples or carrots.

Brush your dog’s teeth daily

To eliminate tartar on your dog’s teeth, brush daily to not only protect your dog’s overall health but also to prevent dental disease. Annual dental visits will be easier for both your dog and you.

Attend obedience or training classes

It isn’t only rowdy dogs that attend these classes. Many pets enjoy the social bonding time and the challenge gained from taking part in these classes with their owners. It’s also a good idea to undergo a refresher course every couple of years to make sure both you and your dog haven’t forgotten any important techniques..

Take up a new canine sport

Perhaps you’ve always fancied taking part in a doggy sport with your pet but never got round to organising it in 2016. There are loads of different activities to suit all dog breeds and tastes, which will ensure your dog has a physical and mental workout, allow you to meet new owners and to bond with your pet. Try Cani-cross where your dog jogs alongside you attached to a harness, or perhaps dog agility classes.

Spend quality time with your dog

After taking that long walk, what better way to bond with your dog than to cuddle up on the sofa, or to play throw and tug games with your dog. Studies have shown that a little extra, tender loving care can go a long way towards a happy and healthy pet. Take a road trip to a dog-friendly beach, or to a restaurant that allows dogs, or try out any other new adventure. Another option is to set up a pet play date with a friend and their dog, arrange to meet at the park for some fun, interactive times.

Update their ID

It’s every pet owner’s worst case scenario if their dog wanders off, but if you make sure that their microchip information and their ID tag is up to date, they can be returned to you as soon as possible.

Create a bucket list for your dog

If you own a senior dog, you will want to create a list of things to do together to create amazing memories, before its time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Create a list of activities that you can do together, to get his tail wagging.

We all love our dogs, so why not promise to make them an even more important priority in 2017? Our doggy friends deserve the absolute best, and these easy to make, pet positive, resolutions will make our dogs love us even more!