Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

*I got this in a newsletter from "HomeAgain" and just had to share!! :o) 

While people tend to indulge themselves for most of December, in the new year they take time to contemplate the months ahead. There’s nothing like the turning of the calendar to inspire people to change bad habits or pick up good new ones — and that goes for how they interact with their pets, too. Our 10 New Year’s resolution ideas can benefit both of you:
  1. Take Time to Play. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy… and Jill a tired girl. One of the great things about living with animals is how much fun they bring to life. Next time your dog asks to play fetch but you’re trying to get more work done, turn off the computer and take the time to have a ball.
  2. Travel More. Vacations are great — but expanding your horizons can be as simple and fun as taking a new route on your morning walk or visiting a new dog park. Imagine all the exciting sights and smells your pet can discover on new adventures.
  3. Quit Smoking. You know that smoking is bad for your health — but did you realize that it might also be a health hazard for your pet?
  4. Exercise More. Walking is good exercise and a great way to spend quality time with your dog. If you only take one big walk a day, figure out how to expand it to two. Your legs and your pooch will thank you.
  5. Drive Safely with Your Pet. Instead of giving your dog free range in the car, use a pet-sized harness or seat belt. Small animals will feel more secure inside a carrier.
  6. Eat More Healthfully. Watching your waistline? Also keep an eye on whether your pet has put on a few too many holiday pounds. Review your pet’s diet with his veterinarian.
  7. Learn a New Skill. Teaching your dog a new skill such as fetch or stay is a rewarding way to spend quality time with your pet. Training keeps pets alert and engaged in the world around them.
  8. Help Others. Thinking about incorporating volunteer work into your New Year’s resolutions? Consider letting your pet come with you. Look into training your dog as a therapy animal so that it can share its love with people in need.
  9. Become a Local PetRescuer. You can help to reunite lost dogs and cats in your neighborhood with their owners.
  10. Be nice!! Your dog's Love you so LOVE them back!! :o) 
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