- 1.New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs: Part 1
- 2.New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs: Part 2
Try New Activities with Your Dog
This is the perfect time to start trying new activities with your dog. The weather is beginning to warm up, and your dog is probably getting tired of hanging out in the house all day. If you plan to lose weight as part of your New Year’s resolutions, you can help yourself and your dog at the same time by getting out and being more active than you were last year. Take up hiking, bike riding, or simply walking around a local park. Give your pet something new to do, and you’ll probably find yourself having fun in the process.
Adjust Your Dog’s Diet
As dogs get older, their dietary requirements change. Puppies need a much different set of nutrients for their growing bodies than senior dogs with limited mobility. Every year, you should evaluate your pet’s needs and adjust his diet accordingly. It may be time to move your dog up from puppy food to adult dog food, or it may be time to reduce your pet’s food portions because he is not as active as he used to be. If you need help determining what dietary changes are right for your dog, consult with your veterinarian.
Schedule a Vet Appointment
When was the last time your dog saw the vet for a general checkup? Many pet owners go years without seeing their vets because their dogs do not show any signs of pain or sickness. Just because your dog is acting normal, that doesn’t mean his health is 100% normal. Yearly checkups will help you catch health problems before they arise, which could extend your pet’s life significantly. If you have a senior dog, you may want to increase the frequency of your vet appointments because health problems are more likely to happen as your dog gets older.
Measure Your Dog’s Food Portions
Many pet owners get out of the habit of measuring their dog’s food portions because they instinctively know how much food to give their pets. The problem with this is that the human eye can be deceiving. Over time, you may slowly increase the amount of food you give your dog, to the point that you are unintentionally overfeeding your pet. Get back in the habit of measuring your pet’s food so you can ensure that he gets the right amount of calories for his size and activity levels.
Find a Pouch Playmate
Does your dog seem lonely or bored? If so, you may want to find a playmate for him. There are several ways to go about this:
•Adopt another dog
•Foster dogs from a local shelter or rescue center
•Find other pet owners in the area that you get along with
•Start visiting a dog park nearby
Keeping your dog active will ultimately extend his life and maintain his happiness. Use these tips and those in Part 2 of this guide to set your dog-friendly New Year’s resolutions.