Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Pet Owners

Every year, we go through the same motions of planning New Years resolutions for ourselves: lose weight, eat healthy, travel, spend more time with friends and family. However, what many people don’t realize is that their pets may need some goals set for them as well!

 

There are many lifestyle changes you can make to ensure a happier and healthier life for your pet. Try to work some of these resolutions into your plans:

  1. Train your pet. This year, teach your pet a new trick or two. Many pets enjoy mental challenges to give their brain some exercise, plus it’s good bonding time for you and your pet.
  2. Slim down that fat dog or cat. Pet obesity is a growing problem that leads to many health issues down the road. These health issues can be potentially expensive and life threatening.
  3. Get your pet into a routine. If you have a new puppy or kitten, practice getting them used to regular feeding times and potty times. This will reduce the frequency of “accidents” if they know when they can expect their next visit to the “bathroom”.
  4. Kick bad habits. If your pet has separation anxiety, check out some of these tips on how to alleviate the problem. If your pet is a beggar at the dinner table, train him to wait in his bed or space until your meal is finished, and stop feeding table scraps altogether.
  5. Make a new pet friend. If your pet is friendly with other pets, introduce him to a new playmate and let them romp around together.
  6. Resolve to get out more. Take your pet on more regular walks, to the park, or just let them roam in the backyard more frequently. The new sites and smells keep them busy and are a real treat.
  7. Play more. Set aside some extra time each day to play with your pet, whether it be throwing a ball, tug-of-war, or dangling a string throughout the house. This is a great way to give them two things they love: toys and your attention.
  8. Give back to the community. Take in a foster pet for a week or volunteer at your local pet shelter to give back to homeless pets.
  9. Clean up clutter. Go through that pile of pet toys and get rid of those that your pet no longer plays with.
  10. Get your pet checked and vaccinated. Be sure your pet is up to date on the latest vaccinations, and flea and heartworm medications. Also schedule your pet’s regular checkups to ensure they are in tip-top shape!

Good luck and Happy New Year!

About Stacy @Trupanion

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Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

5 Responses to Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Pet Owners

  1. dog fence says:

    My pet is not friendly with another pets, but i want to make him friendly.
    So for make him friendly which types of steps i should take for train him.
    If anyone have same experience and get solution please share with us.

  2. dog fence says:

    [quote]3. Get your pet into a routine. If you have a new puppy or kitten, practice getting them used to regular feeding times and potty times. This will reduce the frequency of “accidents” if they know when they can expect their next visit to the “bathroom”.[/quote]

    Right after your dog finishes eating, chase him out good naturally to his toilet area, ahead of you if possible. Then let him sniff around for a good spot. Do not confuse things by urging him to go. After he goes to the bathroom, crouch down and point at the urine or fecal matter and say “good dog”. Look right at the stuff, not at the dog. If your dog sniffs it, praise and pet him enthusiastically.

  3. Judy says:

    Pet obesity is a pandemic and I applaud everyone that makes it a New Years resolution to slim down their pet! Click for more information and important links!

    http://www.petfitnation.com

  4. Kayleigh Mensik says:

    Light infestation is not really a cause for concern and you can easily solve this by using a flea comb, this handy little grooming tool can be purchased at most pet stores. Now, heavy infestation on the other hand, requires more than just a mere comb. You need a flea treatment to get rid of all the fleas such as the Frontline, even the most severe infestation can be eradicated within forty-eight hours by using this powerful cat flea treatment.

  5. Beau Siddall says:

    If your pet is infested, bathing may help using a gentle natural shampoo, containing flea and insect repellent. You could make your own adding Pennyroyal or Eucalyptus to a bottle of natural shampoo. Wet and lather around the neck first to avoid the fleas escaping up to the head and then do the same over the whole body, rinse lightly and shampoo again, keeping the shampoo on your pet for 5 minutes if that is possible. Rinse with a homemade rosemary infusion (1tsp dried or 1 tblsp fresh rosemary to 1 pint of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes) pour over the pet and towel dry.

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