Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you
and your pet
It is hard to believe but it's that time of year again, the
time we make New Year’s Resolutions. It's easy to allow many of the promises we make to
ourselves fizzle out, so why not try something new this year and make
resolutions for you and your dog!
Here are a few ideas from Salt Lake County Animal Services to help you and your dog have a healthy
and happy year ahead and you never know maybe by fulfilling your dog’s
resolutions it will inspire you to keep a few of your own.
This seems to the number one resolution us
humans set for ourselves year to year. Well this resolution can apply to your
dog as well. Maybe the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the cold weather
have kept you from those daily walks. Now is the perfect time to get back on
Weather not permitting? Look at some indoor
exercises and activities you can do together.
Maybe your dog is still begging for food at
the table or could use some work on leash manners. Dedicate this year to
getting a handle on bad habits, whatever they may be. Helping your dog to be
the best dog that he/she can be will reduce stress and make for a healthier and
I am sure you have heard how important it
is to socialize your dog as a puppy, truth is it is vital to do so at all
stages of your dog’s life. Consider scheduling a play date with one of your
friendly neighborhood dogs or visiting a local doggy day care or dog park. You
never know, in the process you may just expand your own social circle.
Whether you have an adult dog who has not
learned any new commands in a while or a puppy who needs training, teach your dog
something new this year. It is a lot of fun for you and your dog to show off
their skills; they're learning important commands and getting mind work in the
Maybe your dog has the right temperament to
become a therapy animal. Dogs have a natural selflessness about them and just
want to be loved. You both might enjoy volunteering your time to schools,
hospitals or your local library for a kids reading program.
6. Discover a new
Picking up an activity can help to boost your dog’s physical
and mental well-being. Not sure what to look for? Consider sports like K9 Nose
work, dock diving, agility or fly-ball.
7. Take a trip
Been thinking about a road trip? There's no time like the
present! Take a look at some dog travel trips and hit the road with your best
friend for an adventure you will both remember.
8. Make sure to go to
This is truly one of your most important resolutions. If you
have been putting off scheduling your vet appointment, don’t wait any longer. Regular exams and preventive care are essential and can help
you to catch many health problems before they progress.
9. Consider fostering
Fostering is an amazing way to help a dog in need. Your dog
can be a wonderful teacher to a dog who is hoping to find a forever home and
help them to learn important skills that they can’t in a kennel in a shelter.
Fostering provides valuable information to a potential adopter. Dogs are truly
the best teachers to other dogs.
10. Send an update
One of our favorite resolutions is promising to reconnect
with the people we have lost touch with. You can do the same for your dog. If
you adopted your dog from a shelter or rescue send them an update and let them
know how he/she is doing. Staff, volunteers, and fosters LOVE updates and to see
pictures of them enjoying their forever home.
Find out more about Salt Lake County Animal Services foster program and FREE behavior workshops on our "calendar" page. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.