Top New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Dog

Goals Aren’t Just for People

The start of a new year can also signal a fresh start for dogs needing a change in their routine. For example, with over 50 percent of pets in the U.S. classified as overweight, there’s no better time for owners to commit to a new food and exercise regimen for their dogs. Need more ideas? Here are ten resolutions to make this year your dog’s healthiest year yet!

Measure Your Dog’s Food - Every Time!

Many owners “eyeball” their dog’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. It’s important to use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your dog isn’t taking in more calories than they need. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start to figure out how much food Fido really needs. Older dogs and those who have been fixed usually have lower energy needs than young, intact animals.

Choose an Age-Appropriate Food

Growing dogs have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. For example, some senior dogs may have lower energy requirements, but have other medical issues like degenerative joint disease that may be helped with the appropriate food. Choosing a food specifically tailored to your dog’s life stage is a great way to keep them in optimal health.

Try a New Activity with Your Dog

From doga to hiking, skijoring to kayaking, it’s easier than ever for people to incorporate their dog into a new exercise routine. It’s a great way to bond, it’ll get you both out of the house, and both owner and dog will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. Meet-up groups are a great way to find like-minded dog owners to join you in your exercise, too!

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