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top 10 resolutions 2019

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
January 10, 2019

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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.

1. Get Healthy

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 track.

Weather not permitting? Look at some indoor exercises and activities you can do together.

2. Kick bad habits

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 happier household.

3. Meet new friends

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.

4. Learn something new

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 process.

5. Pay it forward

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 hobby

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 the doctor

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 animal@slco.org.