New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Dog

You may not be motivated to make resolutions for you, but how about your dog? Set dog-friendly goals for a year to remember!

By | Posted: December 29, 2014, 3 p.m. PST

I find it hard to motivate myself to do resolutions. There are probably several things I should resolve to do, but we all know that the best laid plans tend to fall to the wayside when the excitement of New Year's Eve wears away. This year however, I've decided to take a new approach and a new outlook for the new year. This year's resolutions are going to revolve around my dog. 

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My French Bulldog Huggs is 8 years old now, a senior and as he has gotten older, I have been thinking more and more about what I can do to be a better pet parent and to make his senior years fun and memorable for everyone. We had a crazy year where many of our normal routines fell to the wayside and I want to get us back on track. So here's our list so far. I hope we get to them all, but we are aiming for a no pressure list that we can add to and adapt over the year. Hopefully you can pick one or two of these to add to your list too!

  • More Walking. Huggs is a bit of a lazy bum. He happily goes from his bed to the couch without much desire to go outside. He is quick to potty and head back it the door, back to the comfort of the couch. Admittedly he probably learned this from me. So the goal for the year is to take more walks, more places. We will take paths less traveled and explore areas we've never been and both get the exercise we need. Maybe we'll even kick it up a notch and enter a 5K. Train your dog to run a 5K>>
  • Trips to the Park. The park used to be a regular (at least) weekly trip for us, but since moving to a new area we haven't found a park we love and we've generally just been too busy to go. I'd like to find a new park where we can play ball, one of Huggs favorite activities. Also I'd love to find a meetup where we can meet other Frenchies.  
  • Car Rides. Summer was too hot to take Huggs in the car for errands and so I got out of the habit, but I would like to take him with me on more short trips around town. He enjoys the ride and I enjoy the company.
  • Dog-friendly Travel. I want to go on a trip that is specifically dog-friendly versus one that just happens to allow dogs. There are so many places to go to that feature dog-friendly amenities, activities and unique ways to spoil your dog.
  • Grooming. I don't think Huggs will appreciate this one, but baths more often!
  • Agility and Obedience. Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? When Huggs was a pup we used to go weekly to classes for obedience and agility. He still knows his stuff, but tends to choose not to always listen. We could use a good brush up on our skills.
  • Therapy Dog. Once trained as a therapy team, Huggs and I would visit our local hospital. After moving we never found another program that fit our schedule, but this a big goal for the year. Even if we don't start, by the end of the year, I'd like us to be trained and ready for a new program. 
Do you have any dog themed resolutions this year? Tell us what's on your list!

 


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/2/2015 7:43:06 AM

Very nice, I hope you have a very successful 2015!

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Carol - 10030   Silver Spring, MD

12/31/2014 3:29:31 PM

Great resolutions for us all, I'm going to "try harder" as well Happy 2015!

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