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New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog

by Coach Lilly

Happy New Year from DoggieNation.com! We love the energy of new beginnings and wish you a happy, healthy, and active new year. If you are thinking about making some new year’s resolutions, we have some ideas of resolutions that will make life better for you and your dog in 2017.

Be Healthy

Like people, pets should have regular check-ups with a veterinarian to assess their general health and screen for any potential health problems. If it’s been a while since your dog’s last visit to the vet, resolve to schedule an appointment. Your vet will be able to advise you on any preventative treatments that your dog may need depending on where you live. The right treatments can protect your dog from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and more, which not only keeps your pet healthy and well but may save you stress and worry too.

Get Fit

Dogs, like people, don’t need fancy diets to lose weight and get in shape. If your dog is carrying a little extra weight from hanging around the house during the holidays, make a new effort in the new year to help your dog get fit. Instead of pouring dog food into your pet’s bowl until it is full or overflowing, find out the recommended amount of food for your dog—guidelines are usually listed on the dog food bag—and use a measuring cup to measure out the appropriate amount. Younger, more active dogs generally need more calories than older, more sedentary dogs.

You should also keep your dog’s age in mind when you are choosing a type of dog food. Make sure you are feeding your dog food that is appropriate for her age, size, and breed. Also, if you have a bad habit of feeding your dog table scraps, now would be a good time to resolve to break that habit. If you are looking for a new bowl for the new year, we’ve got your covered at DoggieNation.com—check out our selection of plastic and stainless steel dog bowls here.

Exercise can also help keep your dog and healthy and strong. Consider making a new year’s resolution for you and your dog to get out of the house and go on at least one walk every day. Your dog might even feel better with two walks a day. It might be difficult to make the time, but experiment with your schedule to find the time that you are most likely to stick to as a regular habit. Committing to daily walks is part of being a responsible dog owner. Your dog will thank you for it. The good news is that walking will help you feel better too.

Have Fun

New year’s resolutions don’t have to be all about chores and discipline. Don’t forget to resolve to have fun and live life to the fullest with your four-legged best friend! Take your dog out to meet other dogs, play with your dog, and spend time with your dog in and out of the house. We have a lot of other fun ideas right here on the DoggieNation blog. What are your new year’s resolutions for you and your dog?

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