Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions For Pets and People

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis

New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them, right? Sort of.

The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that we often don’t keep them so well, though. Sure, sure…we try, but if you’re like most of us, come February, that fire has fizzled.

But what about if we took lessons from our pets when it came to New Year’s Resolutions? We think that maybe if we took a page from their pawbook, it might be easier to keep our resolutions (and be happier for it too!).

So we’ve come up with the top ten New Year’s Resolutions For Pets that also apply to their hoomans in really happy and healthy ways. Consider these as you ring in the new year!

1. Take More Walks!

Not only is walking your dog good for them, it’s good for you too. Even if you have a big yard they can roam; walks are great ways to bond and train. And they’re great for keeping YOU happier and healthy too! Committing to taking a daily walk (or three) gives your dog experiences and opportunities that help stimulate them, and allows the relationship you have with your pet bloom and grow as you explore regularly. Pretty sure they meant “A walk a day keeps the doctor away,” and they meant with your dogs!

2. Play Daily.

Yes, play. Sure, your dog may have a ton of toys that keep her happy when she has to occupy herself, but there’s nothing better than a good game of tag or frisbee or catch or even ruff-housing for your dog. Playing with your pet helps them produce more oxytocin, and those endorphins you create make you feel pretty doggone great too. Play daily, several times a day this year, and see how your outlook on life gets lighter!

3. Eat Healthfully.

No, no, we’re not talking about finding a diet and sticking to it for a few days, only to realize you can’t live without cheese fries. Mmmmm…cheese fries. But we do suggest looking at what you’re eating in a new way. Read labels. See what ingredients are included in your food (and your dog’s!) because what we fuel our bodies with makes a difference. It doesn’t mean you have to throw all the doggy treats out the window; it just means you may want to start thinking about how what goes into your and your dog’s body impacts it, and how it impacts the earth too. For instance, have you heard of cricket powder treats? Yep, crickets. Jiminy’s Cricket treats pack tons of protein into their treats, but using way less of the earth’s resources than with traditional beef or lamb, and that helps with gas emissions as well. Looking at little things like that can make a big difference!

4. See Your Doctor.

We take our pets to the vet regularly because we love them, don’t we? No, we don’t love cramming them in the kennel sometimes, or seeing them get their vaccinations because : needles. But, we love taking care of them and knowing we are doing all we can to keep them healthy and happy for as long as we can. We need to do the same for ourselves. If we put off that annual checkup for whatever reason, we may be putting ourselves at health risk. Our pups rely and depend on us to take care of ourselves so we can take care of them. Don’t let them down.

5. Go To The Dentist.

We know, we know you don’t love the dentist any more than the doctor but the dentist is SO important! For you and your pet, you need to be sure your oral hygiene is on point, as so much of our health and wellness actually revolves around the health of our teeth. Your vet will keep an eye on your dog’s teeth, and most likely suggest treats and toys that will help keep them clean (Bullibone is one of our faves). But you need to make sure YOU go too, so you and your dog can both keep showing the world your pearly whites!

6. Learn Something New.

It’s a fact of life; our brains work best if they are well-stimulated and always learning something new. This year, consider taking a class on Outschool or TakeLessons. You can learn a new language or a new skill with the convenience and flexibility that fits your schedule. And on the same token, help your pets do the same. Buy new puzzles or trick toys for your dog or cat. Consider Snuffle Mats or Snuffle Balls and help them learn new things too.

7. Drink More Water.

You may think you drink enough water and you give your dog enough water, but dollars to donuts? You both could benefit from more water! According to the Mayo Clinic, the average male should drink 15.5 cups of water a day and the average woman should drink 11.5 cups a day. But guess what? Your dog should drink even larger percentages of their body weight in water a day! Your dog’s body is about 80% water and your cat’s body is about 67% water. Compare that to yours, which is about 50-60%. It’s vital you keep your pets hydrated, and particularly during cold, drying months. We love the PetSafe Drinkwell Cat and Dog Water Fountain. It holds a ton of water, and makes sure your pet has access to clean and fresh water whenever they want. An easy way to make sure they’re hydrated.

8. Sleep More.

Yes, we said it. Sleep more. In this world of go-go-go, where we are able to work or communicate 24-7 with every device imaginable? We push ourselves too hard. Way too hard. Take some lessons from your pets. Sleeping restores vital brain processes and actually makes you even MORE productive and energetic than if you’re burning both ends of the wick. Consider figuring out how to take a 20-30 minute snooze on the regular. Or, at the very least, maybe a meditation break to relax and rejuvenate your brain.

9. Smile More.

Seriously, we get it. Some days, you watch the news or listen to all the crazy that social media will share with you and you wonder what in the world is going on. But, research suggests that in situations where you don’t really have control (ahem, like all the time, it seems), smiling, in general, can bring you so many health benefits. Give it a shot the next time you feel like you’ve lost your favorite squeaky toy. Smile anyway, like your dog always does, and see if you’re not feeling better in no time.

10. Love More. Let Little Things Mean Less.

Really think about what this means. Our pets can teach us such a great lesson when it comes to loving more. I mean, what do we do to deserve the unconditional, heart-filling, soul-touching love they give us all the time? Not much, if you think about it, and we could learn a thing or two from them. Imagine how different the world would be if instead of cursing that guy who cut you off this morning, you thought, “Hey, you know what? You must have something really important going on.” Imagine how different YOU would be. Our pets don’t let the little things color their days like we do, and they’re so much happier and loving for it.

Take that perspective for a run this new year, and see if you aren’t too!

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