New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans, and with 80% of new year’s resolutions failing by the end of February, we wanted to find resolutions that are achievable for both you, and your furry friend.
Fitness – Weight loss and fitness goals have to be among the most commonly made resolutions. With statistics showing that nearly half of all pets in the UK are overweight, we think it’s time to take action. Regular walkies around your local area are great, however why not go further afield to make it more interesting for you and your dog. There’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you’re planning a day out. Forestry Commission England have miles of paths to explore in their forests throughout the UK. You can find out more by visiting their website.
Take a break – Instead of finding a dog sitter for your next break, why not make it a family getaway! Dog friendly Britain make it super easy to find dog friendly accommodation throughout the UK. They also have a directory of pubs and restaurants that allow your dog to join you for dinner.
Make a date – Annual visits to your vet are key to preventative treatment. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any concerns and seek advice regarding new treatments.
Pamper your pooch – Grooming your dog regularly has many advantages. Not only does it remove any excess fur, it also helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur which keeps the coat healthy and looking fabulous. Brushing regularly is also a great way to monitor your dog’s health. Keep an eye out for any skin irritations, cuts or hair mats.
Admin – All dogs in the UK must be microchipped by law. If your dog isn’t microchipped and registered on a recognised database, you could be fined up to £500. It’s a good idea to check your records to ensure your contact details are up to date, so that if your dog does go for a wander, you can be contacted. You can find out more information from your vet or by visiting gov.uk.
Food – Most dog owners are guilty of occasionally ‘forgetting’ to weigh their dog’s food, however this is key to maintaining a healthy diet. Why not also look at new food options? Your dog’s dietary requirements can change regularly due to many factors. Speak to your vet or a local pet food specialist to see if there is a more suitable option for your pooch.
What resolutions have you set for you and your dog?