The New Year is almost here! You know what that means... resolution time. While your dog should be making New Year's resolutions, they might not be able to wrap their minds around the concept. But you can make resolutions to be an even better dog owner. Here are some New Year's dog-themed resolutions you can vow to keep.
Give Correct Food Portions
Even though your dog could probably eat however much you give them, they'll be happier and healthier if they're getting the proper amount of food. On your dog's food bag, there should be a chart telling you exactly how many cups of food your dog should eat a day according to their weight. Measure exactly this amount every day to ensure your dog is maintaining a healthy weight.
Try a New Activity
Never been hiking with your dog? How about kayaking? Swimming? Make a vow to explore new activities with your pup in tow. Not only will exploring the outdoors be fun for them, but it will also get both them and you a good amount of exercise.
Learn Some New Tricks
What's more fun than learning some tricks? Your dog might already know a bunch of tricks, but why not explore some new ones? Learning to sit or stand on two legs isn't just fun for you to show off to your friends, it's mentally helpful for your pet. "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is a total lie. You should teach your older dog new tricks to help maintain their cognitive abilities.
Keep Up with Vet Appointments
You might think your dog is fine because they're young and healthy-looking, but it's still important to get them checked out by the vet at least once a year for middle-aged dogs and twice a year for older dogs. That way, the vet can keep an eye out for any problems before they happen.
Adopt, Foster, or Volunteer
Why not show your love for animals by giving directly back to them? Whether you'd like a new furry friend of your own (adoption), want to give a dog a home while they wait to be adopted (fostering), or whether you just want to go to the local shelter and walk dogs, all of these things are sure to make you and the dogs feel good.