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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Parents

What your pets would say if they could

Scott Bish

Dogs, cats, and other pets bring us immense joy and love, and keeping them healthy and happy is something we think about constantly.

When you’re a pet owner, you learn to know when your pets are happy. A gentle purr, a wagging tail, an affectionate nuzzle—these signs reassure us our furry friends are content. But what if your pet could actually talk?

As we kick off resolution season, we’ve rounded up some ideas for goals for pet owners–all told from the perspective of our pets themselves.

Hopefully this list will help you to spend more quality time with your four-legged family members, strengthening the bond you both share.

Resolution No. 1: “Take My Training to the Next Level”
We’ve mastered the basic commands together. I know where I’m allowed to be and when, but sometimes I forget when I should be on my best behavior versus when I can run wild.

Let’s work together on some of the tougher commands, like “go to the mat,” and commands

that’ll help with my impulse control for barking, digging, pulling on the leash (I don’t mean to!), jumping, and running after field animals.

Resolution No. 2: “Clean My Yucky Toys, Please!” 
I love my tennis ball, and I bring it with me everywhere I go, including through the grass and in the mud. That means I might be tracking dirt and germs through the house. Oops!

We can throw my dirty plush toys in the washing machine. For balls and hard toys, let’s soak them in water and white vinegar before washing them with soap and more water. Let my toys dry completely before I start playing with them again.

Resolution No. 3: “Make me a Homemade Treat”
You know I’ll do anything for a delicious reward. Show me some extra love and make sure you’re feeding me healthy nutrients by making some treats from scratch.

Word at the dog park is that apples make great, healthy rewards. Try coring them and cutting them into small pieces, then throwing them in the blender with a little plain yogurt or peanut butter and ice. Pour the mix into ice cube trays and freeze them. Next time I deserve dessert, feed me one of these cool delicious treats!

Resolution No. 4: “Let’s Hit the Trail!”
We love going on long walks together, and if you have a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, we can achieve it together!

Let’s gradually lengthen our walks and add some incline. I can also learn to run alongside you. If my activity levels are going up significantly, consider adding more lean protein to my diet.

Resolution No. 5: “Get Crafty for Me”
I know you’re into DIY. Why don’t you make your next project something I’ll enjoy?

Consider making a raised pet feeder. Elevated food and drink bowls provide easier access to meals and put less strain on my neck, shoulders, and hips.

For a durable, outdoor-friendly feeder, consider using a terra cotta pot, saucer, and construction adhesive.

Step 1: Turn the pot upside down.

Step 2: Dab construction adhesive along every 3 inches of the bottom.

Step 3: Press the saucer, facing up, into the bottom of the pot. Then let it dry, for a couple hours.

Rather than pouring food directly into the terra cotta saucer, consider placing it in a stainless-steel bowl and placing that into the saucer. It’ll be easier to clean.

Resolution No. 6: “Keep Me from Getting Bored”
Keeping me stimulated can help me stay on my best behavior. Puzzles, danglers, and toys with treats hidden inside them will help me improve skills, strengthen my senses, and will keep me out of trouble.

Resolution No. 7: “Schedule My Checkup”
As nervous as I may get whenever we visit the vet, it’s important that I get my regular checkups to ensure I’m up to date on my vaccinations and flea and tick treatments. In addition, my physical exam will help keep me healthy, so we can keep sharing tons of happy memories together.