As we approach a new year (and a new decade), we start to think about a fresh start. Along with the beginning of a year, also comes resolutions. Get your pet involved in your resolutions this year, so you can actually stick to them!
W-A-L-K: while it may be a 4 letter word that you can't say around your dog, unless it's happening, you can resolve to make this happen at least 30 minutes a day. Generally speaking, dogs require 30 minutes to two hours of exercise each day. If you want to balance these guidelines out, maybe take your dog on two half-hour long walks per day if they're particularly energetic.
T-R-E-A-T: another word that you may have to spell around your dog! We all love a good treat, but for 2020, let's resolve to limit the treats, or replace the bad stuff with the good stuff. If your stuck on what to make, try this recipe out that's safe for both you and your furry friend to consume!
P-L-A-Y: resolve to get at least one new toy and play with your pet, even just 5 minutes a day.
W-E-L-L-N-E-S-S: just like us humans should see the doctor annually, our pets should too (depending on age of course). If your pet is older than a puppy and younger than a senior dog, they should be seeing the vet once a year for their annual wellness exams. If you already have wellness checks scheduled, then resolve to make sure they are protected against heartworms, fleas and ticks every month of the year.
T-R-A-I-N: resolve to join a class with your pet: agility, lure coursing, swimming, Frisbee, obedience, Canine Good Citizens, Search and Rescue, canine therapy, socialization, etc
H-Y-D-R-A-T-E: staying hydrated is essential for your pet’s health and your own, helping to regulate body temperature, flush waste and bacteria, and promote skin health. Remember to refresh your pet’s water bowl daily—and when you see him taking a sip, don’t forget to take one yourself.