9 Goals Every Dog Owner Should Have For Their Pup This Year

With the beginning of the New Year, it’s a popular time for many people to adopt resolutions to make the most of the next 12 months. Often, these resolutions include eating better, getting more exercise, or getting that promotion at work. But what about resolutions for your dog? After all, your furry friend is always there to greet you with love when you arrive home. Why not strive to strengthen the bond you share with your canine pal? Here are nine New Year’s resolutions that are good for any dog owner to adopt. Maybe you’ll find that many of these are as fun for you as they are for your pup.

9. Schedule Play Time Every Day

Your dog rushes to greet you whenever you come home because he just loves spending time with you. Make it one of your resolutions to spend more quality time together by scheduling daily play time. This can be anything from a game of fetch at the local park to scratches and belly rubs on the couch — it’s just important that the time is devoted to your canine buddy. More one-on-one time with your pup doesn’t only make your dog happy; it’s good for you, too. Dogs can help boost your mental health, and also help you combat the threat of heart disease.

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8. Create A Special Toy or Game For Your Dog

Your dog is pretty easy to please, though getting creative and making your dog a new toy can be a fun project for you as well. The possibilities are endless when it comes to cool games and playthings you can make from items around the house. Carve an old tennis ball and hide a treat inside, or turn a simple length of rope into an elaborate tug-and-chew toy. Use whatever you have and let creativity guide you; it can be as simple or as detailed as you like.

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7. Whip Up A Special Treat

While your dog will eat almost anything, it’s nice to give your pup a special treat every now and again, and you want to make sure that your pooch’s treats are healthy for him. This year, try your hand at making your own doggie treats. Most of the ingredients can be found on the shelves at your local store. You can make something as simple as adding kibble to an ice tray for a cool and tasty treat. Or you can exercise your culinary abilities and make your pup a shish kebab with dog-friendly foods such as carrots, cucumber slices, and cooked salmon or chicken. Just remember to remove the skin!

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