10 Resolutions for You and Your Dog to Crush in 2022!
January may almost be over, but it isn’t too late to create some resolutions for 2022! As you plan your own personal goals for the year, consider coming up with some goals to benefit your furry friend too.
The following are ten New Year's Resolution ideas for you and your dog to tackle this year. Even if you don’t use ALL of these suggested goals, we hope they will spark an idea that’s perfect for you and your pup!
- Get out for daily walks.
Going for a walk with your dog is a great way to give you both some exercise! Find out how much exercise your pup should get each day and commit to getting those steps in together. Find a fun physical activity to enjoy inside if the weather is an issue.
- Re-evaluate your dog’s diet and treats.
Take some time to examine your dog’s diet and determine whether changes need to be made. Many dog breeds are prone to obesity, so it’s important to keep track of how much you’re feeding your dog. Measuring your dog’s food at every meal is a good way to make sure your dog is getting the right amount of food for their age, activity level, and health concerns.
But let’s be real: you love giving your pet treats because of how happy they get. Take some time to research healthy treat recipes. You can still shower your dog with food-related affection, even if you’re keeping their diet in mind.
- Sign up for a pet first aid course.
Even if you know how to care for your pet’s daily needs, pet first aid is an important skill to learn. It can help you target problems when they arise, especially if your dog gets injured when your veterinarian’s office is closed.
There are lots of great online courses to choose from, some free and some paid.
- Teach your pup a new trick (or two).
Training your dog can help give them the mental stimulation they need. There are plenty of online videos, courses, and articles you can use to help you teach your dog a new trick or two. If your dog is struggling to learn basic commands, you might use the new year to reinforce previous training.
If you want to take this goal one step further, consider investing in obedience school or training courses. These structured learning experiences may be the jump start you and your dog need.
- Invest in their dental hygiene.
Dental hygiene is really important for dogs since they are often prone to gum diseases and tooth decay. If your dog doesn’t like having his teeth brushed, there are other things you can do to help get their teeth and gums cleaned.
You can use dental chews, dental wipes, and water additives to help prevent dangerous build-up of bacteria on your dog’s teeth. Even if your dog doesn’t like having their teeth brushed, regular use of these methods can help you improve their dental hygiene.
- Upgrade your pet’s sleeping space.
Pamper your pet by upgrading his or her living and sleeping spaces. A new pet bed from Bailey's Beds can provide your dog with improved comfort, better sleep, and a happier life. We offer a wide selection of stylish personalised bedding which you can find here. If you’re looking for a new dog bed, we’d love to help you bring something special to your home!
- Spend more quality time with your dog.
Your dog’s favourite thing is YOU! No matter how good our intentions, sometimes we don’t spend as much time with our dogs as we would like. Turn that around this year by making it your goal to spend more time with your dog.
It can be as easy as spending some extra time cuddling while watching TV on the couch or as elaborate as going on outings with your dog. Spending more time with your dog won’t just boost their happiness, but studies show that quality time with your pet can have lasting benefits to your health.
- Take more photos or schedule a photoshoot.
No one wants to think about the day their furry friend passes away. While pictures are not a replacement for your dog, getting photos while your dog is still living and thriving can offer comfort later on. Resolve to take more photos of your dog this year.
If your budget allows, consider booking a photoshoot. Use the photos of you and your dog during the holidays, hang them in your house, or share them on social media. You’ll treasure professional photos of your dog for a lifetime.
- Update your dog’s information on their ID tag and microchip.
Take some time to make sure all information is up-to-date on your dog’s ID tag and microchip. Did you move last year or change your phone number? This is a great time to make edits and updates to that information. Make sure both their collar tag and microchip have information that’s accurate. This ensures your pet’s safety in the event he gets lost.
- Create a “bucket list” of things to do with your dog this year.
A “bucket list” is a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” These lists are often used to dream big dreams of things you might do before you pass away. However, you can also create a bucket list of things you’d like to do with your dog.
This may be especially meaningful if your senior dog is nearing the end of their healthy days. While slightly morbid, this also provides you with ideas down the road about what you’d like to do with your dog. Think of all the activities that will make your dog (and you) enjoy every bit of life left.
We hope you have all had a great start to the new year! If you have any more New Year's Resolutions for 2022, tell us in the comments.