As we wave goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022, there is no better time than the new year to set new goals and resolutions for you and your pup! Not only is a new year a great opportunity to begin new plans and practices for yourself, but your dog will also benefit from new resolutions, too! Whether you’re looking to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine or 2022 seems like the year to learn a new skill, your dog will want in on your new routine. Having a hard time creating New Year’s resolutions for your pup? Check out the list below for inspiration! 

Refreshed Eating Habits 

When your dog looks at you with those puppy dog eyes, it can be difficult to resist giving them more food and treats than recommended. If their bowl is piling up with extra kibble, you are sneaking them their favorite human snacks, or giving them extra treats simply because you think they deserve it, it can be easy for them to overindulge.  

Your veterinarian will be the best person to advise you on any diet adjustments for your pup depending on their age, activity level, breed, and general health. Additionally, a veterinarian may suggest a different amount of food or exercise to keep them healthy and agile. It will be important to follow veterinarian-guided instructions to ensure your dog is enjoying the correct amount of food every day so you can enjoy their company year after year. 

If you are looking for a healthy snack your pup will love, consider giving them green beans, carrots, blueberries, or strawberries as a treat replacement! These fruits and veggies are packed full of vitamins and flavors your dog will enjoy. 

Regular Check-Ups 

Although a visit to the doctor can be a burden for both dogs and pet parents, it is always a good idea to schedule a checkup on a regular basis. One of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for your dog is to set up an appointment to see your local veterinarian to ensure they are remaining healthy. Potential health issues can be caught ahead of time and treatments can be suggested to avoid bigger problems in the future. 

Dogs under the age of seven years old can typically see the vet on an annual basis, but dogs above seven may want to seek a vet visit twice a year – your vet will know best. Regular veterinarian visits are crucial to keep your pups healthy. 

Increase Activity 

Kick off the new year by taking your pup on new trails! Whether you take a walk through your neighborhood or local outdoor trail, try to switch it up from your usual path. Your dog will appreciate the change in scenery and scents. Already go on regular walks with your pup? Increase the length of your walking adventures! Not only will you be investigating new trails, they’ll also be getting their exercise at the same time! 

Learn Something New 

No matter their age, dogs are always interested in learning a new skill! Start with the basics: sit, stay, shake, or heel. With enough positive reinforcement and tasty treats, your dog will be performing new tricks in no time. 

If your dog becomes tired of learning new commands, you might introduce a more interactive toy. Interactive toys require your dog to pull, step on, or nudge a part of the toy and a treat will be released. These kinds of toys are ideal for inquisitive pups and teach them how to solve various puzzles. 

Make New Friends 

Dogs enjoy spending time with their BFFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever)! As a New Year’s resolution, treat your dog to more social outings, like your local Dogtopia daycare! The skills and socialization they learn will allow them to remain calm and confident in all environments, both new and old.  

If you are interested in introducing your pup to new friends in a safe environment, Dogtopia daycare is an ideal option to acclimate your dog with other friends in an open-play environment. Your pup is sure to have a day full of play, socialization, and learning and will be excited to return for more! Learn more about Dogtopia and find your local daycare near you by clicking here.