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New Year’s Resolution – Dog Edition

2018-12-26

With New Year’s right around the corner, it’s natural for people to start thinking about
resolutions and things they want to change in the coming year. Although New Year’s
resolutions get a little bit of a bad rap for famously being dropped halfway through February,
there is nothing wrong with taking the time to reflect back on how we can improve. Of course,
most often we look at ourselves and think about how we can change. But, as a dog owner and a
dog lover, aren’t there things we can do better for our best friends in the coming year as well?
Sure, we know you’re a great friend to your dog! But there is always an opportunity for making
the relationship you have with your pet even more rewarding.

One of the things most people say they wish they could be better at is simply spending more
time with their dog. It’s not hard to understand why this is such a challenge - it isn’t that you
neglect your pet, and you probably already spend a good amount of time together as it is.
Nonetheless, we all lead busy lives and it can be hard leaving your little guy alone for extended
periods of time. The weekends can be hard too, when we’re all trying to catch up on rest and
get important errands done. If you’re trying to find more time in a busy schedule to devote to
your loyal friend, it might be useful to look into more dog-friendly but not dog-specific
activities. More and more restaurants, parks, cafes, and other indoor and outdoor locations are
pet-friendly than you might realize. Take the time to do some research and plan out activities
that you and your dog can do together while still getting work done during the day.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions people have is to get in better shape. It’s not
just a lot of people that need more exercise; your dog might be in need of a healthier lifestyle
as well. That’s one of the great things about having a dog in the first place: they help us be
more active. Take advantage of your dog’s love of the outdoors to motivate the both of you to
get in better shape together. It’s not just good for your physical health, but for your mental
health and your dog’s happiness as well.

Finally, take a trip with your dog! You might have been thinking about doing more traveling in
the coming year, so why not take your dog along with you. If your dog is already a service or
therapy animal traveling can be especially easy, but even if the little guy is just a regular old pet
that shouldn’t stop you. Traveling with a pet, when done right, can be one of the most
rewarding experiences. Take advantage of your dog’s love of adventure to motivate you to get
out and see new things. When it comes to spending quality time with a loving pet, it’s not so
much the destination as it is the journey. So have fun and enjoy the New Year!