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Happy New Year: 8 Wellness Resolutions for You and Your Dog

There’s no better time than a new year to set wellness resolutions for the betterment of both yourself, and your dog, for the new year ahead.

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And, we all know that setting and achieving a new goal is always easier – and more fun – when done with a friend to help keep you accountable! So what better way to kick off 2024 than with resolutions that you and your furry best friend can do with each other?

Whether it’s making new friends, investing in self-care, or being more active, we’re sharing eight ideas that you and your dog can do together to have your best year yet.

1. Get Outside with Your Dog

Just like people, the amount of exercise your dog needs each day will depend on their individual needs. Breed, age, and weight, are all contributing factors, among others. However, getting outside and being active has undisputed benefits for both you and your pup.

Start by setting a small, achievable goal to get yourselves outside every day – such as a brisk walk around the block – and work your way up to longer outings and adding more variety to your exercise routine. Whether it’s exploring a new dog-friendly trail, going for a swim, or even picking up a new sport together like agility or rally, getting some fresh air each and every day will not only increase your pup’s physical exercise, but provide mental stimulation, too!

2. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? One of the best ways to increase your overall wellness is by boosting your mental stimulation. Teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to activate the brain while also enjoying the feeling and accomplishment of mastering a new skill together.

Your dog may have already mastered ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, but how about 'high five’ or ‘roll over’? January also happens to be National Train Your Dog Month, so there’s no time like the present to try teaching your dog a new trick!

3. Try a New Recipe for Rover

Prioritize your pet’s nutrition by helping them start the year on a healthy note. If your pup has had one too many turkey dinners over the last couple months, consider small modifications to their diet to help get them back on track. You can also opt for a solutions-oriented recipe to support your dog’s unique dietary needs or food sensitivities.

Recipes formulated by qualified nutritionists, like Go! Solutions Weight Management + Joint Care Grain-Free Chicken Recipe, include functional ingredients such as L-carnitine to help burn fat and glucosamine and chondroitin to help maintain healthy, mobile joints, while recipes like Go! Solutions Digestion + Gut Health Salmon Recipe with Ancient Grains offer a specialized mixture of patented probiotics designed to survive the digestive tract and support digestion, a three-yeast blend to support a healthy gut microbiome, and fiber-rich ancient grains including quinoa, sorghum, millet and oats. Remember: if in doubt, always check with your veterinarian.

4. Opt for Healthy Treats for Your Hound

Don’t say ‘no’ to treats, instead say ‘yes’ to healthy treats! Fruits like apples and blueberries are packed with vitamins and nutrients, while vegetables like carrots, celery, and peas are rich in fiber and low in calories. The best part is that these foods are healthy for you too, making grocery shopping a breeze.

However, don’t overdo it with treats – even if they’re healthy. Always give your dog a complete and balanced meal to ensure proper nutrition, growth, and optimal health.

5. Make Time for Self-care for You and Your Canine

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, but whether it’s a weekly ‘spa date’ with your furry friend or a night in to cuddle up on the couch with a favorite movie, schedule in dedicated time to spend on pampering yourself – and your pooch – regularly this year. Self-care is a great way to recharge yourself and we promise your dog will also love the extra quality time they get to spend with you!

6. Give Back to Your Community

If you’re in the position to be able to do so, it always feels good to give back. Consider lending a helping hand at a local rescue organization or animal shelter.

Or, maybe you know of an elderly neighbor who could use your help walking or exercising their own dog, making it an excellent chance for your dog to make a new friend while also getting some fresh air.

No matter where or who you decide to help, this is a new year’s resolution that is sure to leave you feeling good.

7. Be a Sustainable Pet Parent

Being a sustainable dog owner is much easier than you might think. Simple day-to-day decisions like choosing to walk more and drive less with your dog, or upcycling old clothing into new pet accessories (old jeans and t-shirts can be repurposed into amazingly durable tug toys!) are just a couple of easy ways to ‘go greener’ in the upcoming year.

Other ideas include donating gently used dog toys and accessories to your local animal shelter and looking for sustainable dog food packaging when choosing dog food for your pup. A few ahead-of-the-curve pet food companies use recyclable packaging for both dry and wet food, including Petcurean, who is committed to transitioning packaging to recyclable by 2025. Now that’s sustainable!

8. Spend Time with Friends, Two- and Four-legged Alike!

A well-socialized dog is a happy dog, and chances are, good times spent with two and four-legged friends leads to a happier you. Go for a hike with another pet parent or visit your local dog park to connect with friends and also let your dog burn off some energy, too.

Socialization also helps build confidence in your dog, equipping them with skills to adapt to new and unfamiliar environments and situations while also helping them develop good manners in public.

Setting New Year’s resolutions is a great way to help you and your pup get inspired and excited about the year ahead. After all, it’s never too late to improve your health and wellness – and that of your pet. We hope this list of ideas is exactly what you need for you and Fido to get started!

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about the author

Christine Mallier, Sustainability and Community Relations Manager
Christine Mallier
Sustainability and Community Relations Manager at Petcurean Pet Nutrition

As Petcurean’s Sustainability and Community Relations Manager, Christine Mallier is deeply committed to sustainability for the betterment of pets, people, and our planet. Her dedication to creating a more sustainable future is evidenced by the strides Petcurean has made under Christine’s leadership, including achieving carbon neutral status for Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and donating over 1.7 million pet food meals to cats and dogs in need across North America in the last year, including pets in several First Nations communities. Christine’s sustainability impact also extends to her community where she has spent countless hours volunteering with organizations that share her love for animal wellness and sustainability. Above all, she inspires others to pursue sustainable choices that positively impact our world.

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