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Here we go again. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. That means committing to making positive life changes. Our dogs are important parts of our lives. Why not include them? Here are some resolutions you can do with or for your dog.
Lose weight/Get Healthy
If your resolution is to drop some pounds, get healthier, or just move more than you do, include your dog in your plans. Take them on more walks and hikes. Play fetch or tag in the backyard. Go to the park and toss a Frisbee. Check your local area for agility courses or dog yoga for something a little different.
As you evaluate your diet, consider your dog’s food as well. Could it be better/healthier? Are you feeding them the correct amount? Check out the ingredients and life stage of food. Discuss with your vet whether your dog’s food is appropriate. What treats do you feed your dog? Try alternating them with carrots or banana slices.
Saving money is also a popular resolution. There are a few ways to save while still serving your dog’s good life. Instead of taking your dog to a professional groomer, save some green by doing the deed yourself. It’s a great opportunity to not only bond with your dog, but also get to know their body and take notice of any changes.
Sign up for pet store rewards programs. Take time to peruse ads, sales events, and coupons. Visit manufacturers’ websites and sign up for notifications of deals and coupons. Compare prices at various stores and websites.
Beds, toys, and treats all cost money. If you’re crafty or interested in becoming crafty, try out some DIY projects. Your dog may not know you made them, but you will. There’s a certain sense of satisfaction that comes along with that, and it could save you some serious coin in the long run.
Part of having an organized life is organizing your pet’s life. As you go through your rooms and clear out stuff, do the same with your dog’s belongings. Go through all their toys, blankets, and towels. Get rid of over-used and under-loved items. Create or purchase a toy box and a storage system for food, towels, brushes, and leashes. I really love this toy storage from Amazon. Set up a calendar for doctor visits, vaccinations, medications, and grooming.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you plan to include your pups?