Did you make New Year’s resolutions when the ball dropped? Well, throw them out the window! Those resolutions are for the birds, and we’re talking about the dogs. These are the things your pup wants you to do to make 2015 a barktastic year.
1. Greet them
Every day when you get home from work, your dog jumps up and down at the window upon seeing your car pull into the driveway, then runs to the door. You get tail wags, licks, and lots of ruv as if you’ve been gone for months. Are you ever guilty of walking away to pay the bills, or put on Netflix? Give your dog a few minutes when you walk in the door. They were so excited to see you. It’s the least you can do. Give some treats, a belly scratch, or go ahead and take that walk while you still have your shoes on.
2. Take more walks
Speaking of walks, more of those. If you only take your dog out long enough to do his or her business, then your dog probably has some extra energy. This energy might be redirected to negative behavior, such as chewing on your favorite shoes. Go the extra mile! It’s healthy for both of you.
3. Go to a dog park
Get a membership to a dog park so your pup can have some socialization and, again, burn off some of that energy! A dog park is also a great place to meet like-minded people (AKA people who love their pooch as much as you do). So really, this is a win-win situation.
4. Schedule puppy play dates
If you don’t live near a dog park or are tightening your budget this year, you can still provide your pup with some much needed socialization. Phone a friend who has a dog and set up a puppy play date! The dogs can play while you catch up with your pal.
5. Buy high quality food
What you feed your pet affects their behavior and health. Check the ingredients on the food you’re currently using, then do some research. Discuss food changes with your vet as well. Not sure where to start? Here are our 10 favorite dry dog foods.
6. Give tasty treats
Of course, watch your pup’s weight. But who doesn’t love to indulge every now and then? But just like with food, pay attention to the ingredients label. Better yet, throw on that apron and take a stab at these healthy 5-ingredient no-bake dog treats.
7. Provide stimulation
Sure, your dog looks perfectly happy sleeping on the couch all day. But boredom isn’t a good thing. Most dogs, especially high-energy dogs, need to keep their minds and bodies active. Go take an agility class, or take Fido outside for a classic game of Fetch.
8. Subscribe to Barkbox
Are you not currently a Barkbox pupscriber? Check it out. What could be better than a box of dog-tested and approved treats and toys at your door every month? Your dog says, “Nothing. Duh.”
9. Take more road trips
Most dogs love sitting in the passenger seat slobbering up your car window. If this is the case, consider taking your dog along when you’re going to visit friends and family. Or just hit the road for some fresh air on a lazy day.
10. Go shopping
If you’re already hopping into the car, keep your pup in mind! Not sure where to go besides pet stores? Check out our ultimate list of companies with secret menus and free products for your pup.
11. Vacation together
Do you drop your pup off at the boarding facility before enjoying seclusion in the mountains or some sand and sun? For a change this year, you could take your doggie along. Many hotel chains, bed and breakfasts and cabins are pet-friendly. You’ll have a protector, hiking buddy, and jogging pal every day! Your dog will love the adventure!