We won’t sugar coat it; 2020 was a rough year for a lot of people. But one positive impact that staying at home has had on a lot of households is more time with our furry family members. We want to keep that paw-sitive dog energy moving into 2021 and help you embrace an even stronger bond with your dog, so here are some New Year’s Resolution ideas to help both of you have a better new year ahead.
Focus on Health
For a lot of us, 2020 was not a great year health-wise. With everything going on, it’s not a surprise that health had to take a back seat. So it’s time to check-in for you and your dog. When was the last time either one of you went to the doc for a check-up? Now is the time to pick up the phone and make that appointment. Many vet clinics offer annual wellness plans where enrollment means they take over on the reminders so you never forget. For us humans, a lot of health insurance plans offer telemedicine these days, so you might not even need to leave the house!
Now, we aren’t suggesting drastic home haircuts anytime soon unless you’re feeling extra daring. But chances are you’ve had to prioritize other things lately, and when we look our best, we feel our best too. When most of us are still staying home, it can be a fun time to experiment with a new nail polish or pamper our hair with conditioning treatments to bring back some of that razzle-dazzle.
Likewise, take this time to set a schedule to remember things like your dog’s nail trims, baths, and other grooming activities you may have slacked on while figuring out how to work and/or teach from home. This can be as simple as a calendar on the fridge for the family to see, or setting reminders in your phone.
If during your new grooming routine you notice your pooch’s scratches and itches seem to be more than is normal, or if their shedding has been out of control lately, consider adding K9 Power Show Stopper™ to their food regimen. The omega 3s in this formula help promote healthy skin and can help stop the itch.
Keep it Movin’!
You know what they say, physical activity gets those endorphins going and helps improve your mood. Plus, your dog loves spending time being active with you, so this is a win-win strategy. Mix things up to keep your activities fresh. Try a change of scenery for new things your dog can see and sniff like a new park or a different walking path.
Contrary to old wisdom, it’s never too late to teach a dog new tricks. Engaging your dog in some new training keeps their mind and body active, which is essential for them at all ages. It never hurts to brush up on the basics they already know, too. A little review every day will bring you closer together and bolster your dog’s wellbeing. Not sure where to start? Try this tutorial from the AKC to teach your dog to “shake hands.”
See? New Year’s Resolutions aren’t all diets and tough to break habits. They can be fun and beneficial to you and your furry children. Besides, who doesn’t want an excuse to spend more time with their favorite family member? We hope you all have a wonderful start to your new year.
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