02 Jan 2018 10 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet
The new year is a time to think about bettering yourself. Whether it’s going to the gym, quitting smoking, or eating healthier, 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions every year. This year instead of creating a resolution for yourself, try creating one both you and your pet can benefit from. Goals aren’t only for humans anymore. Let your pet join in on the new year’s fun by setting a resolution that can help them be a happier and healthier version of themselves. Below are ten resolutions to try for yourself in 2018.
1. Spend More Time Together
Did you know pets who spend more time playing and bonding with their owners are happier and healthier overall? You may have a busy schedule or work long hours, but you always have enough time to spend a few minutes each day with your pet. Quality time with your pet can be anything from watching TV on the couch together to going on a hike. Whatever activity you choose to do, your pet is sure to thank you.
2. Get More Exercise
If you were planning on hitting the gym more often in 2018, consider taking your dog with you. While most gyms aren’t pet friendly, you and your furry friend can get some exercise together in other ways than a treadmill. Try going on a walk every day, a jog, or a hike on a nearby trail. Getting exercise with your pet means spending more time outdoors and making you and your pet’s health a priority.
3. Eat Healthier
New Year’s diets aren’t limited to humans. It’s important to make sure your pet is eating healthy all year round, but the new year is a great time to reevaluate the food you’re feeding your pup. A lot of mainstream pet food brands contain harmful chemicals and preservatives that can lead to an array of health problems for your pet. Try buying organic and natural pet food or making a few easy recipes at home. It’s also important to remember to always measure your pet’s food so they don’t overeat.
4. Try a New Activity
There are so many different activities you and your pet can try out together. Whether it’s finally going to that dog part down the street, playing frisbee on the beach, or going on a car ride to a new part of town, trying new things with your pet is a great way to bond and create lasting memories.
5. Start a Pet Savings Fund
It’s no secret that pets can be expensive. With all the vet bills, grooming expenses, and money spent on food and toys, being a pet owner can add up. Make it a priority this year to start a pet savings fund so your wallet is not left empty when an unexpected expense comes up. By putting away a little each month you will have a great net to fall back on in case something happens to your pet.
6. Teach Them a New Trick
No matter how old your pet is, they can always learn a new trick. Teaching pets tricks throughout their life can help keep their mind sharp and age healthily. Take the time to work with your pet on learning something new is a great way to bond and show off to all your friends at the dog park.
7. Go to the Vet for a Check-Up
Much like humans, pets need to be taken into the vet for regular check-ups. Become familiar with your vet so you can get comfortable seeing them and asking them questions on a regular basis. Making sure your pet is healthy and up to date on all their shots can prevent future health problems down the line.
8. Get Your Pet Groomed
Not all pets need to be groomed on a regular basis, but many do. Whether your pet sheds a lot or is overdue for a haircut, getting your pet groomed can be a special treat for both of you. Grooming on a regular basis can also help with your pet’s hygiene, whether it’s trimming their nails or brushing their teeth, they will be healthier and cleaner overall.
9. Go on a Playdate
If your pet is an only child, it can be good to get them out and socialize with other pets. Setting up a playdate with pets of your friends or family is a great way to get them acquainted with being around animals and let them have a fun time. Dog parks are also a great place for your pet to make some furry friends of their own.
10. Invest in a GPS Pet Tracking System
If you’ve had a pet, you’ve probably experienced a time when they ran away from home or got lost. Losing your pet can be a scary experience for everyone involved. This year, make is a resolution to put your pet’s safety first by investing in a GPS pet tracking system. Pet tracking systems like GoFindR easily attach to your pet’s collar and allow you to track their location from your smartphone. This way you can rest assured that your pet will be safe and sound, even when you’re not there.
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