Resolution #1: Get Moving
If you’re ready to incorporate more movement, there are few more faithful companions or better cheerleaders than man’s best friend. Just getting up and getting outside for a brief walk is all it takes. One of our dogs loved walks so much that we had to start spelling out the word; otherwise, even when the word came up in normal conversation, she'd get excited and immediately head for the door. That kind of energy is contagious, so extra walks quickly go from a chore to something you both enjoy.
It’s harder to miss a walk or workout if you’ll be letting down a pet, so see how you can integrate your canine companion into an activity that you enjoy. Cat moms or dads, you’re not excluded from the fun. You can leash-train your cat if you’re into the idea. Either way, make sure that you and your canine or feline companion hit the town in style with some of these fashionable leashes, collars, and harnesses.
Resolution #2: Learn New Things
Always keep learning new things because it keeps your mind sharp. Make it fun and strengthen the bond with your pet by learning new things together. Pick a task, make a plan, and train your pet for hours of worthwhile entertainment.
Leash-train your dog or cat to make walks more enjoyable and less stressful for both of you. Or teach your pet to fetch and retrieve, shake paws, or roll over. They'll love the attention, and you'll love showing off your pet's newly acquired skills. Consider different pet supplies, like clicker trainers, leashes, and collars, to help you quickly teach your pet new tricks and work together. And yes, old dogs can learn new tricks.
Resolution #3: Get More Sleep
Sleep hygiene is key to good health, and we can learn a thing or two about sleep from our four-legged friends. Proper amounts of sleep, and conditions that promote deep, restful sleep are vital to helping you keep these New Year's resolutions for pet owners.
So set a bedtime and stick to it. Develop a bedtime routine with your pet to help both of you wind down. Consider reducing blue light exposure by reading and petting your dog or cat before going to sleep. That’s a great way to reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
Create a sanctuary in your bedroom to ensure that you’re consistently getting enough shut-eye. Your pet won’t object if you decide to upgrade their dog beds or cat beds to match.
Resolution #4: Eat Healthy
Americans suffer from high rates of obesity, and their dogs and cats often aren’t too far behind. If you need to make some changes, there are plenty of choices to help you and your pet eat healthier. Why not make those changes together?
Whether you’re feeding grain-free kibble or feeding fresh, make sure that your dog or cat is ready to dine in style. Elegant stoneware designs with thoughtful details and plenty of unique dinnertime options can add a little flair to everyday kibble. For dogs that like to rush through feedings, try a puzzle bowl to get them to slow down and reduce bloating.
Lickimats spread with peanut butter or yogurt work wonders for bored cats and dogs who dislike when their parents are on Zoom calls and unavailable for play.
Resolution #5: Celebrate their Personality
Is your pup playful, sassy, or cool? Is your cat a snappy dresser? Have fun with some of the many available options, and let 2021 be the year that you discover what style suits your furry friend! Dressing your pet can be a creative endeavor that you both love, especially if your dog loves to work a look!
Resolution #6: Play More
In case you're on the fence about whether to include more playtime on your list of resolutions this year, consider some of the health benefits. Regularly playing with your pets can decrease blood pressure and reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Playing with your pet can also increase levels of happiness by managing loneliness and depression, especially in times of uncertainty. It'll do wonders for your mental health if you can swap screen time for playtime.
Whatever New Year’s resolutions you decide to keep this year, let your pet motivate you by including them in the process. It’s easier to create a sustainable habit that involves small changes that you enjoy. Adding your pet to the mix on any of these resolutions can make these tasks much more worthwhile than they would be if you took them on alone.
Best of luck as you and your pet head off to tackle 2021 together, in style, with the coolest pet supplies and most comfortable accessories. Here’s to making the most out of your resolutions for a brand-new year!