A New Year is upon us – a year with 365 blank pages for us to fill. It’s the perfect time for setting goals and starting afresh, not just for us but for our dogs too.
Do you overlook your dog when it comes to setting your New Year’s resolutions? With all the love and joy that they bring us every day, I believe that the health and happiness of our dogs should be one of our top priorities for the New Year ahead.
Luckily, there are many ways that we can improve the lives of our dogs.
New Year’s Resolution #1 Think healthy diet, think raw
It’s estimated that about 54% of dogs are overweight or obese – nevermind the other consequences of feeding species inappropriate diets (aka biscuits). Find out more here about the benefits of raw feeding.
New Year’s Resolution #2 Get more exercise
When it comes to health and weight control for your dog, a healthy diet is only one part of the equation. To maintain (or lose) weight, more exercise is also necessary in order to meet the goal. And it’s not only beneficial for our dogs!
New Year’s Resolution #3 Try a new activity
Why not try a new activity with your dog? From doga to hiking and even running together, it’s easier than ever for you to incorporate your dog into a new exercise routine. You’ll both have great fun! And with the new activity, you’ll achieve your goal of getting more exercise in too!
New Year’s Resolution #4 Incorporate more playtime
More playtime doesn’t mean only playing with toys, raggies or leaving your dogs to play together. I’m speaking about games such as find the treats, food dispensing toys (watch your dog’s waistline!), dog puzzles, stuffed Kong or a snuffle matt. Mentally stimulating activities such as brain games enrich our dogs lives by giving them something meaningful to do.
New Year’s Resolution #5 Update your pet’s ID info
This seems like an obvious one but can be easily overlooked. Maybe you’ve recently moved to a new house, changed your phone number or maybe your pet has lost their ID tag? Now is the time to ensure that your pet has an updated tag as well as microchip information. It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.
New Year’s Resolution #6 Take a canine first aid course
Why is this one so important? It is, especially if you’re a happy dog owner for the first time. Fulfilling this new year’s resolution could save your dog’s life one day. How and why?
I would recommend Animal Love first aid courses. They are taught by Vet Dr Sophie Bell. Sophie does dog and cat first aid courses you can take online, in your own time.
New Year’s Resolution #7 Grooming time
Not only does grooming your dog remove excess hair from the coat and thus reduce the amount that you find on your clothes and furniture but it also helps to distribute the oils from the skin to the coat, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Do you want to learn how to brush your dog correctly? Check my video here. Go on! Schedule in some daily grooming time for the new year ahead.
New Year’s Resolution #8 Schedule regular visits to the dog groomer
Especially if you own a dog with a medium or high maintenance coat and you struggle to brush your dog at home. If this is the case, then this resolution is so important. Regular visits to the groomers will not only help keep on top of your dog’s coat but a professional dog groomer will also do a health check as part of the grooming and may notice things that you can easily miss.
New Year’s Resolution #9 Seek more natural ways to support your pet’s health
Just as is the case for us humans, a more holistic and natural approach to caring for your dogs is becoming ever more beneficial in today’s modern society. All of which can contribute to us achieving our ultimate goal of improving our loyal companions’ quality of life. Why not schedule a chat with a natural health care practitioner to see how a more natural approach to your pet’s health care could benefit them this year… and for every year in the future? Do you have a problem with where to find one? Check CAM4 animals website here.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Have a pawesome and pawsperous 2021!!
Love, Jitka xx