Measuring Out Food – This might not sound like a good one, but it is! Obesity in pets is a real problem and it is SO easy for pets to tip the scales into an unhealthy weight. Not all animals become obese, but it’s a slippery slope from overweight to weight related illness and health issues.
Measuring your pets food every time you feed them isn’t as time consuming as it sounds either! Just get a little scale and check on your dogs food what the recommended daily portion is. If you feed your dog a special diet or raw food, this may not need to apply.
Measuring your dogs food out correctly means they get all that they need calorie wise and nips eating to being overweight in the bud!
Learn Basic Dog First Aid – Vets are the experts in doggy health and treating injuries, but it’s a good idea to brush up on the basics in case your caught with a minor injury (or burn, scald, illness etc.) out of hours.
If you pup eats something that makes them a bit sick or they have a minor cut, you being able to patch them up until medical treatment is available could be very helpful! There are loads of videos on YouTube but if you want to make it a bit more in depth and official, look online for online courses, local shelters who might offer them to even ask your vet!
Get More Exercise – This is probably the most popular New Years Resolution ever, but a great one to include your dog in too! Exercise if vital for your pet to stay happy, healthy and stimulated. As mentioned before, overweight and obese pets will likely suffer with illness and health conditions linked to their weight and these can be very serious. From not being able to move around comfortable to heart issues and diabetes.
When it comes to health and weight control, diet is only part of this equation and in order to maintain (or lose) weight, an increase in activity is also necessary in order to meet these goals.
What better way to get in shape than go on hikes, around, cycles or even yoga…with your dog! Yep, apparently Dog Yoga (or “Doga”) is a thing!
Improve Your Dogs Training – Having a dog that is well trained, obedient, happy, relaxed and responsive means that not only will your dog be easier to manage and be safer in potentially dangerous situations, but you will also get more pleasure from dog ownership and as a result, will be more likely to be closer with your dog.
If you have an older dog, this may be a little more difficult, but not impossible! You don’t need to teach them a new trick, even just teaching them a simple voice command is a step to a better, happier and better trained pooch!
Schedule Regular Vet Check-ups – If you’re having to think back to your dogs last vet appointment and struggling to pin pint it, it’s probably time you booked one!
Visiting the vet doesn’t just need to be in emergency or illness situations, getting your dog check regularly at the vet means potential health issues and medication needs can be picked up early. Sometimes this can make all the difference in your dog’s quality of life.
Check to see if your vets offer certain clinics either for free or at small cost; senior clinics, weight clinics or puppy clinics are very common in practices today, just enquire! You and your dog will thank you!
Update Your Dog’s ID & Microchip – Most dog owners are already on top of this, we’re sure. But it is the kind of thing that can slip your mind when you’re moving house or country.
If you’ve recently moved or are staying away with your pooch for the holidays now is the time to ensure that your pet as an up to date tag and microchip information. It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.
Clear Out Old Toys - Decluttering is another popular New Years Resolutions and it can be a great one for Dog owners! Old toys can be a bit smelly, take up room and get a bit…er…bio-hazardesque? Take a fresh look at your pet’s toy collection and stop holding on to old, tatty, and often germ-infested pet toys. Now’s the perfect time to do a good clear out and to give your pet something fun and new to play with. Out with the old, in with the new!