As 2021 approaches, it’s time to start outlining New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet! While entering 2021 looks quite a bit different than most other years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of achievable goals you can prioritize for you and your furry companion – you may just have to get a little creative.
1) Pick up a new trick (or hobby).
It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby or learn a new trick, and with winter weather here to stay, now is the ideal time to expand your list of hobbies to do while indoors. Get creative! Want to teach your pet to roll over? Training your pet to do something new will help stimulate its mind and keep it alert and maybe even active even while indoors. Here are 52 dog tricks to inspire you. Practicing a new hobby like knitting, baking, or putting together puzzles yourself can help you relax and make the most of your downtime.
2) Commit to being active!
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t and shouldn’t stay active! Regular exercise–whether that’s going on walks, jogs, or playing fetch–is incredibly beneficial for your health. Make it a point to bundle up and get your blood circulating with your pet, or try a new type of exercise indoors! From yoga to pilates, spinning, walking, jumping jacks, and more, there are lots of ways to be active. Buying your pet an electronic toy to chase may be a good way to allow it to expend energy. This Wobble Wag Giggle Ball and Interactive Electronic Cat Toy are two great options.
3) Adventure somewhere new.
Take your pet on an adventure with you to a new trail, park, or just along for the drive! Exploring new places is a fun, low-cost way to make the most of your time, and bringing your pet along with you may make it even better. Just going on a drive to look at holiday lights or the surrounding landscape may be a good time to bring your pet along to spend some quality time together.
4) Drink more water.
Hydration is an important component of maintaining your health, and most of us could use a reminder to drink more water on the regular. Try drinking a glass of water when you wake up, when you go to bed, and at least one after every meal! Remember to check on your pet’s water supply every time you take a drink, too, to ensure that their water is fresh, clean, room temperature, and easy to access.
5) Schedule a checkup.
In addition to staying active and drinking more water, going to the doctor or the vet at least once a year is a vital part of being health-conscious. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet to be proactive and schedule your next doctor or vet appointment! Get in touch with your doctors well in advance to make sure you can secure an appointment slot that is conducive to your schedule.
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