Believe it or not, the year is just about over. Judging on how 2020 went, most of us are probably glad to see this year come to an end. With January right around the corner, most of us are beginning to think about our new year’s resolutions and the changes we want to make for ourselves and our future. While it’s easy for us to set resolutions for ourselves, it is not so easy for someone such as the family pet.
On the surface, creating new year’s resolutions for a dog probably seems a bit silly. However, as their owner, you are responsible for making sure they live the best life possible. This means making smart choices. Therefore, it is that unreasonable to think about what types of resolutions your dog should make in order to have a healthy and prosperous future?
Tackle The Bad Habits
You can start this process by identifying the bad habits you have let your dog get into over the past year. For example, have they put on a few extra pounds? While chubby dogs look cute, being overweight can have a negative impact on their overall health. You may want to take them to the vet in the new year and find a target weight to try to shoot for.
Helping your rescue dog lose weight means you may need to break a few bad habits as well. This could include feeding them from the dinner table or giving them treats for no reason. The new year can be a time to get rid of these habits for good. The key is that you have to commit to them and stay strong regardless of how much they may beg for the food or snacks they are no longer getting.
Starting New Routines
The goal of any pet owner should be to keep your rescue pup as reasonably comfortable and happy as possible. Think about what new routines or habits you could start that would increase your dog’s happiness. For example, do you take them for a regular walk or just let them out in the backyard? Ideally, you should aim for an even balance of both. This lets them run free and still spend time with you as well.
If one of your resolutions is to lose weight, this is a perfect opportunity to achieve two goals at once. For example, when the weather gets a bit warmer, you can commit to walking your dog each night after dinner. You both get the exercise you need and he gets the added attention he desires and deserves.
This upcoming year might be the perfect opportunity for you to train your dog to be more obedient. It is helpful is they can follow simple commands and are unaware what type of behavior is unacceptable. For example, one of the biggest fears for dog owners is that their dog will get loose from their leash and run away. However, a well-trained dog will know not to wander too far. This is a trick that could come in handy someday.
New Year’s resolutions are all about making changes that produce long-term benefits. Both dogs and humans can benefit from committing to these types of long term goals. The key is to identify what the problem is and plan out the steps you need to take to fix it.