Celebrate the New Year with Your Dog
When you think of New Year’s Eve, you probably think of fun parties, noise, and libations. However, your dog’s idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve is probably snuggling with you on the couch and watching the ball fall on Times Square on the television. No matter how you decide to celebrate, it is a great time to make some resolutions for the year ahead with your dog.
New Year’s Resolution #1: Get your pooch’s weight where it belongs. In a recent study, thinner dogs lived an average of more than 2 years longer that slightly chubby ones. You want your dog with you for as many years as possible, so talk to his vet about a sensible weight loss plan.
New Year’s Resolution #2: Get vigorous exercise at least five times a week. That’s pretty easy to do with a dog, since it might mean just chasing his favorite toy around the house for 20 minutes at a time. Walking, for most dogs, is the ideal exercise.
New Year’s Resolution #3: Get an annual physical check-up for your dog. Just do it—just one appointment a year with your vet can save your best friend’s life.
New Year’s Resolution #4: Give your dog some social time with other dogs. While a fraction of dogs don’t enjoy the company of other dogs, most love to play and just hang out with other dogs. Find a play group (or start one) of other nicely behaved dogs. Your dog will love you for it.
New Year’s Resolution #5: Take as good care of yourself as you take care of your dog. Your furry friend needs for you to be healthy and long-lived, just like you want him to be. So, go get your own annual check-ups! Check with your own doctor about a diet and exercise plan. Step one might be a long, lovely walk with your favorite dog on New Year’s morning. And that may start a whole new season in your life with your dog.