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Now that Christmas has passed, it’s time to start looking forward to the new year! Many humans like to make resolutions, but what about dogs? We don’t make resolutions ourselves, but maybe our parents could make some for us. After all, there’s no rule that says resolutions can only be about humans.
Even if you’re the best dog parent in the world, there’s likely something that you could improve for both you and your dog. So, what dog-related resolutions could you make this year?
Go on More Walks!
It’s no secret that dogs love walks. But busy schedules can sometimes stop us from going on regular walks, especially if the weather gets cold. However, dogs need exercise to keep them healthy. So, if you’ve been slacking when it comes to walking your pup, maybe you could get into a better routine next year to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Eat Better Food
Many humans choose a diet for their resolution, but what about your dog? There are a lot of popular dog food brands out there that are actually unhealthy for your pup. So, do your research and see if there’s something better that you could be serving to your dog.
Spend More Quality Time Together
Whether it’s playing or snuggling, we love to spend time with our humans! We understand that you have a lot going on, but you should never forget to play with your dog. Our whole lives revolve around your schedule, so it’s not fair for our playtime to be forgotten. Even if it’s just for a short period of time, make sure you save some quality time with your dog every day.
Take Training More Seriously
Does your dog have a bad habit that you’ve been too lazy to work on? Well, maybe this year is the year to do it! Be patient with your dog and help train them to be the best behaved dog possible! If your dog is extra stubborn, you could even consider signing them up for a special training class.
Keep up With Vet Checkups
Just like humans, dogs should have their health checked on regularly. Don’t forget to take us to the vet each year, and don’t forget to give us our shots! Plus, taking us to the vet is the perfect time to ask about any health concerns you might have. It’s also a good time to stock up on flea and heartworm medications.
Go on Adventures
Walking in the same area over and over again can be boring, so why not take your dog on more adventures? Let them check out the nearby parks, take them camping, or let them enjoy a boat ride. The vet and the groomer shouldn’t be the only reasons we leave the house, so take your dog on more adventures to make their life even more exciting!
Don’t Forget About Grooming Needs
Grooming can get expensive, especially if you have a dog with hair. However, you need to keep up on it to keep your pup healthy. If you’re usually not good when it comes to scheduling grooming appointments, schedule them ahead of time this year and plan ahead. Even if your dog doesn’t need their haircut, make sure you give them plenty of baths and don’t forget to trim their nails!
Take More Photos of Your Dog
This probably isn’t an issue for most dog parents, but make sure you take plenty of photos of your dog. Sadly, dogs don’t live forever, so you’ll want to have as many memories of your pup as possible. Whenever you go out and do exciting things with your dog, make sure to capture some memories that will last forever.
Help Other Dogs in Need
New Year’s resolutions don’t just have to be about your dog! This new year could be the perfect time to donate and volunteer for dog shelters and rescues. There are so many dogs out there in need of a home, so the more help they can get, the better! Don’t let this new year only be about you. Think about all the dogs out there that could use your help. Help make this new year great for both you, your dog, and all the dogs out there.
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