As we start to set goals for the new year, don’t forget to set goals for your furry friends too! Typically, now is the time when we’ve come up with a list of how we want this year to be more money-conscious, healthy, happy, and free of stress. Making sure your pet gets a head start on these goals will help make your year easier and can even help keep your personal New Year’s resolutions on track. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet to work towards:
1. Increase physical activity—One of the most common new years resolutions we hear is that people want to work out more, so why not bring your pet to get in shape with you? There are so many different ways to enjoy exercise with your pet; make it a goal to try a new activity. Try running, hiking, flyball, swimming, organize a doggy play-date, play hide-and-seek, teach a new trick, run the stairs, or join a group dog exercise class. If you have a kitty, try spending more time with the laser pointer or come up with a fun game to keep him or her entertained.
2. Measure meals—One of the most common reasons why pets gain weight is because pet owners typically “eyeball” the amount of food and add too much food to the bowl. Take a look at the back of the food bag to figure out how much food to feed. Dog food scoops and measuring containers will help you feed your dog or cat the right amount of food every time. Talk to your veterinarian to make sure your pet is getting the right type and amount of food. Learn more about things to consider when choosing food for your pet.
3. Understand your pal’s breed—Knowing your dog or cat’s breed can help you better understand your furry friend’s temperament, health concerns, and care needs. Learning their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore our cat breed guide and our dog breed guide to find out all about your furry friend’s breed.
4. Help your dog break bad habits—Get your dog started on the right paw this year so he or she can make Santa’s nice list come Christmas time. We all can think of a few bad habits that our furry friend has that gets on our nerves. Instead of only scolding them when they act up, why not try to break the habit altogether? Here’s a few ways to help your pet become better behaved this year:
- Learn how to prevent chewing and barking in a safe way and understand the reason why it happens: Tips to overcome chewing and barking
- Keep these tips in mind while training your dog: Six tips for training your dog
- Does your furry friend misbehave when you’re out for a walk? Learn dog walking etiquette
- Curious about clicker training and using positive reinforcement? Read these dog training secrets
- Does your dog have a hard time when you leave? Tips to help separation anxiety in dogs
- Need help potty training your cat? Here’s 5 helpful suggestions to help train your kitty
- Curious about training your cat to like being on a leash? Read these tips for leash training your cat
5. Become a pet safety expert—Help prevent a trip to the vet by learning more about your pet’s health. Pets are curious and sometimes want to eat anything that looks like food. Help prevent your pet from ingesting something toxic by learning what’s a treat and what is poison for your cat or dog. Or, learn how to give your puppy CPR in case of an emergency.
6. Help animals in need—Giving back to homeless animals doesn’t have to break the bank or require you to adopt a new pet. You can spend even just a few hours to make a difference for an animal in need. Learn these unique ways to help shelter animals this year.
7. Take more photos—Photos and videos are a great way to share your love for your furry friend. Whether you have a nice camera or just a smartphone, taking photos is a fun activity for you and you pet to do together. We’d love to see the photos you take, so post them to our Facebook page, tweet us, or tag us on Instagram! If you don’t have social media, you can always email us photos at email@example.com.
8. Schedule a vet visit—One key to preventative care for your pet is to make sure you have a check-up at least once per year or as often as your veterinarian recommends. Most common medical conditions are much easier to manage when caught early, and can save you money in the long run if treated in the early stages. It is also a great time to ask your vet any questions you may have.
10. Spread the word—Every pet deserves to be covered by the Trupanion policy. When you use our referral program, you can earn points for various actions including sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and sending emails! What’s really great, is you don’t even have to have an insured pet to start earning rewards. Your friends’ pets will be insured and you can redeem your points for gift cards or charity donations.
There are so many different ways to make 2015 be a healthy and great year for you and your pet. Can you think of any other New Year’s resolutions for your cat or dog? We’d love to hear them!