It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and ways to improve your life in the coming year. Sometimes we need a little help deciding which resolutions to make and who better to ask than the person that spends the most time with you – your pet. After all, your daily habits and routine have a direct effect also on the happiness of your pet. So, we did the research and asked pets all around the country – “What New Year’s resolutions do you think your human should make this year?” We discovered that if your dog could choose your New Year’s resolutions, this is what they would be likely to say.
“Get out of the house more often – and take me with you.”
When questioned further, pets (especially the dogs) had a lot of specific suggestions on places that their owners should go. The Dog Park and pet food stores were two of the most popular answers. Go figure.
- Trips to the Dog Park are mutually beneficial to both you and your dog. It’s great social interaction and exercise for your dog and leaves you with a healthier and happier dog, which is always a plus.
*Of course, the dog park is not for all dogs. Before checking out the dog park, you’ll want to make sure your dog is comfortable around other dogs. Check out this list of Dog Park Safety Tips before you visit.
“Take on a new hobby – one that includes me having fun, too.”
This was another one that was really popular with the dogs that were interviewed. Turns out, humans aren’t the only ones with a passion for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. And did you know that dogs could excel at paddle boarding? Apparently it’s a new thing.
- Enjoying various hobbies with your pet can really strengthen the bond that you share, and the exercise that comes along with it is mutually beneficial for both of you.
“Let loose and get frisky every once in a while.”
Now, we heard this one from the majority of the cats that were part of our research. They kept talking about how it’s not necessary to be so serious all the time, and how it’s important to let loose and have a little fun. During the interviews with most of the cats, we kept getting the distinct feeling that the cats were actually talking about themselves rather than their owners. Typical cat behavior. The mention of catnip on multiple occasions was a dead giveaway.
- Cats can come off as being very serious and low energy a lot of the time, but it is important to still exercise their active and frisky side on a regular basis as exercise is beneficial to all of our pets. One of our favorite ways of doing this is with catnip or the ever famous red laser light. Almost all cats have a wild side and deep down they are dying for you to bring it out.
“Include a 30 minute walk in your daily routine – and bring me along.”
This was a popular answer, obviously among dogs, but we were surprised with how many cats were craving a daily walk. We suspect this may be the culprit of some of the bitter feelings toward the family dog.
- Did you know that cats can also enjoy joining you on your daily walk? They can even be trained to wear a harness and leash to do it safely.
- Regardless, adding a daily walk to both your routine as well as your pet’s routine can make a huge difference in yours and your pet’s overall health.
Now that you have a little bit of insight into your pet’s brain, thanks to our dedicated research, what are your New Year’s resolutions going to be this year? Here’s to wishing for a happier and healthier coming year for both you and your pet!