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New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners in 2021

A new year, a fresh start! Have you decided what resolutions you want to focus on in 2021? We often set goals just for ourselves, but there are some resolutions you can add to this year’s list that also include your furry friend.

Discover something new together

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Make it a point to discover something new together this year with your pup. Whether it be a park or hiking trail you’ve never explored before, or learning a new trick or agility skill, there’s lots to discover in 2021!

Give back to the dog community

Consider giving back to local organizations that provide important care and support to the canine community, such as purebred rescue groups, by volunteering your time or making a donation in your pup’s name.

Improve your puppy’s diet or nutrition

A few simple steps can make a big difference when it comes to healthier eating. Consider trying a higher-quality dog food or measuring meal portions to prevent overfeeding. If you have questions about your pup’s dietary or nutritional needs, be sure to discuss with your veterinary professional.

Give your dog more exercise

Commit to fitting in more physical activity with your pup. Start small – even just ten extra minutes outside per day can help you work up to bigger goals! Physical activity doesn’t need to be limited to walks – play fetch, go on a bike ride, have a puppy playdate (where COVID-19 restrictions allow), or explore a new dog park. The options are endless!

Be more proactive about your dog’s health

As hard as we try, some aspects of pet care can slip by the wayside when life gets busy. Taking care of your dog’s teeth, fur, skin and ears is important for so many reasons, but especially to maintain your pet’s health and overall quality of life. A healthy dog is a happy dog! speak to your veterinary or grooming professional about ways to incorporate proactive daily care into your pup’s everyday routine.

Have more fun together!

Remember that resolutions don’t have to be daunting! Be sure to keep things fun and interesting for both you and your pup. The memories you’ll create together along the way will be worth it!

What other dog-focused New Year’s resolutions do you have on your list? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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