We all make New Year’s Resolutions that most of us break within a few weeks of making them! However, I have a list here of New Year’s Resolutions to make involving your pets. I would suggest that you pick a Resolution that you think you can keep for the entire year. You do not necessarily need to try to keep all of them, but pick the one that resonates with you and your pet.
1. Spend more time exercising your pet. If you normally walk your dog a few minutes a day, try to increase that by 5 minutes weekly until you are walking at least 30 minutes a day. This is good for you and your dog. A well exercised dog is healthy and psychologically happier. Consider how you would feel if you were a prisoner in your home and only were allowed a few minutes outdoors. Dogs who get appropriate exercise have fewer behavioural issues and act out less. If you own a cat, spend that time playing with the cat–cats love attention and can benefit from the exercise as well.
2. Invest in the best food you can for your pet. Whether you are feeding a store bought brand or home made, have a look at your pet’s nutrition. Vow to upgrade whether it is to a premium diet or an organic raw diet, we can all improve out nutrition including that of our pets. Remember good food can help your pet with weight loss as well as improve his or her health.
3. Invest in your pet’s heath. Take him or her to your veterinarian at least once yearly. Pets do not need yearly vaccinations but they do require at least yearly exams. Seek out a holistic veterinarian as he or she will be able to advise you on natural nutrition, holistic medication and other preventive measures that can insure your pet leads a healthy, long life.
4. Teach your pet a new trick or spend some time training every day. This is exciting for your pet and you and will make you a better owner. It is also a lot of fun!
5. If you own a dog, consider taking up a dog sport such as agility. There are many interesting and exciting dog sports such as dock diving, mushing, earth dog trials, conformation, and many more. If your dog is not athletic, consider training your dog for service work such as visiting senior citizen homes and elementary schools. Your local animal shelter may be able to point you in the right direction.
6. If you do not own a pet, or if you have more room in your family consider adopting another pet from the local humane society. There are many pets that need forever homes.
7. If you cannot have a pet where you live, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter. More volunteers are always needed. If you cannot volunteer, consider a financial gift to your local shelter.
Evaluate what you and your pet need to do in 2012.