10 Pawesome New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

This time of year is often associated with an influx of New Year’s resolutions. Whether it be eating healthy, spending more time with loved ones, or reading a book a week, resolutions are found everywhere! This year, think about including your dog and his or her wellbeing into your resolutions.

To help, we are here with 10 resolutions to make your dog’s life even happier!

  1. Go on three walks a day (at least): This is an easy one and might even help your personal health or fitness resolutions and goals as well! Regular exercise has proven to improve not only physical but also mental health, and your dog will reap the benefits as well. So get out there!
  2. new year's resolutions dogsGroom your dog every day: If your pup’s locks tend to get knotty or matted, spending 10 minutes a day brushing your dog’s hair can have incredible benefits. Even if your pup has a short coat, brushing his or her hair is a easy way to help unwind after a long day. Brushing often feels like a soft massage and your pup will love this one-on-one time with you!
  3. Brush your dog’s teeth: Dental hygiene is extremely important for dogs (just as it is for us!) but is unfortunately often overlooked and forgotten. Spending just 5 minutes every day brushing your pup’s teeth will help prevent dangerous, not to mention expensive, dental work in the future. The sooner you start this good habit, the better!
  4. Shake up their meals: Like us, dogs love trying new, exciting foods! Although kibble is often the easiest meal to feed your dog, consider spending a few extra minutes a day cooking up something special for your pup. Whether it be sweet potato (my dog, Zola’s personal favorite) or broccoli soup (which my other dog, Pinocchio, would eat every single day if he could), your pup will be over the moon to expand his or her palate! Here is a list of some fun dog-friendly recipes to check out!
  5. Regular checkups: Although the vet is rarely a pup’s favorite place, investing in regular wellness checkups is something you should highly consider. These checkups have long-term benefits for your pup, and future you will be eternally grateful especially if you catch a potentially hazardous health issue early on.
  6. Invest in pet insurance: Although this may sound like overkill, pet insurance is extremely underrated. Personally, I have chosen to invest in Healthy Paws and am confident that this was one of the most beneficial decisions I have made thus far. Here is a list comparing most pet insurances.
  7. new year's resolutions for dogsTake a picture of your dog, every single day: Simply put, you can never have too many pictures of your dog. Looking back at these pictures will make you smile and remember all of the good times you and your best furry friend shared together.
  8. Microchip your dog: If your dog has not yet been microchipped, make this is a serious priority. Your veterinarian will be able to provide this service. For those whose pups have already been chipped, take some time to review, and if necessary, update their contact information.
  9. Make a pet will: Although this is an extremely difficult and sad topic, it is also staggeringly important. To help make this process easier, we have explored the benefits of and reasons for a pet will here.
  10. Foster a dog: This is a double-whammy, because not only will you provide a homeless pup with a comfortable home, but you’ll also give your best friend a new companion to play with. Check out petfinder.com for local rescues in your area, all of whom will be more than happy to set you up with a potential foster pup!

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know in the comments below!

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