New Years Resolutions For Your Dog

It’s that time of year again where we set new year’s resolutions. There is something undeniably uplifting about the clean slate you only ever get in January, it’s the perfect opportunity to set new goals and habits. But who says new year’s resolutions are just for us humans?…

Research shows that you are more likely to achieve your goals, when you have a companion to work with. So, why not get your dog involved?

Exercise More

One of the most popular resolutions is to get out and exercise more often. There is no better way to achieve this than increasing your dog walking time. You and your dog will be doing more exercise whilst getting fresh air too. Clear your lungs, boost your mood and burn those calories. Your dog will thank you for it!

Sleep Better

Did you know that 40% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep? ‘Sleep better’ is another very common new year’s resolution and if you aren’t getting your 40 winks, your dog probably isn’t either. However, you can dramatically improve your quality of sleep by taking your dog for an evening walk! A gentle evening walk can reduce restlessness and help clear your mind, preparing you for sleep. The extra exercise should be enough to tire your dog out too, helping them achieve a blissful snooze.

Healthy Eating 

We all tend to overindulge, even our dogs do! But consuming too many snacks and bad food can lead to an abundance of health problems, for humans and man’s best friend.

Whilst you make an effort, this new year, to feed your family with a balanced diet, ensure your dog too receives the right nutrients.

A high protein diet will help keep your dog’s blood sugar levels more stable than a diet high in simple carbohydrates. Most mainstream dog food brands offer quality nutrition, so make sure that you are not buying the cheapest supermarket brand at the expense of healthy nutrition.

Be More Social 

We are all so busy with our hectic schedules that we often neglect the importance of socialisation. Frequent socialisation is exceedingly important in maintaining quality of life. Maintaining frequent social interaction is also vital for our physical and mental health. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. That goes for dogs too!

There are many ways you and your dog can get social! We all know that our furry friends love nothing more than a walk and a good old dog walk costs nothing. Also, you are almost guaranteed to encounter other dogs and dog owners alike.

There is a wide variety of dog classes available for dogs who require some social encouragement or training. These classes are usually held out of work hours, meaning they are more accessible. By attending a dog class, you and your pet will make plenty of friends, learn new things and most importantly, bond with each other. Take a look at your local dog classes and get signed up!