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10 New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

Jack Russell with New Year hat advice

New Year's resolutions for your pet and you

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2021 is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions. But what about your pet’s New Year’s resolutions?

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the 26/12/2020, 18:00

2020… what a year it has been. COVID has put things into perspective, it has changed the way we interact with each other, the way we work and the way we live. So, whether 2020 was a good or bad year for you, 2021 is a great time to set new goals. While some of you will set goals such as losing weight, exercising more, or saving more money, why not jazz up your New Year’s resolutions? Actually, have you ever thought about setting new resolutions with your pet?

With all the love and joy they bring into our lives every day, it’s important that the health and happiness of our furry friends are among our top priorities for the New Year ahead. Pets have helped many of us to cope with the pandemic crisis. They have been great listeners, hilarious entertainers, workout coaches, snooze partners, and most of all wonderful best friends. We should celebrate dogs and cats by improving their lives and the New Year is a great time to get started. Here are 10 pet New Year’s resolutions.

Pet New Year’s resolution #1: Get fitter together

It’s getting dark outside”, “Oh well I’ll do my abs workout tomorrow” - yes, we’ve all been there when it comes to working out. But 2021 is the year where you and your furry friend get more active. You might have gone for more walks with your dog during lockdown, why not continue doing it? It’s a great way to bond with your pooch, plus he gets his daily exercise requirements fulfilled, you get out in the fresh air, and you get your exercise done too. A win-win!

You could also try out a new sport, especially if you have a very active dog. Make exercising fun for your dog and yourself and you’ll see, you won’t even notice you're making an effort.

Pet New Year’s resolution #2: Try a new activity

If one of your resolutions is to exercise more, finding something you love doing will help you achieve this goal. Dogs love to discover and learn new things, so they will be the perfect companion if you want to try new activities. Cats… that’s another story. They will probably enjoy watching you but won’t join the party. 

From doga to hiking, cani-cross to kayaking, there are plenty of ways to include your dog into a new exercise routine. You will both exercise more and you’ll have fun doing it.

Pet New Year’s resolution #3: Spending quality time together by introducing more playtime 

Dogs and cats (but secretly) love to spend time with their owners. They are usually very playful and will be pleased to learn new tricks. By incorporating more playtime into your pet’s life, it will not only benefit their health (because they'll be getting more exercise), but it will also strengthen the bond you have with your animal. You could play hide and seek with your dog for example. Cats, they love to chase things, why not get a laser toy and trigger that predatory instinct of theirs? 

Pet New Year’s resolution #4: Watch your pet’s diet

In lockdown, there is a chance we’ve all put a bit of weight on. Certainly, the reason why we put on weight is because too many calories are being consumed and not enough calories are being burned up by physical activity. It is the same for dogs and cats.

A PDSA study found that the main reasons for excessive body weight in dogs is because of a lack of exercise and accidental overfeeding. That looks a lot like what we humans did in 2020 during lockdown no? Well 2021 will be different for us and our animals. Measure your pet’s food and make sure they get enough physical activity.

Pet New Year’s resolution #5: Get a vet checkup

Go to the vet at least once a year. It’s important that the vet examines your dog or cat to make sure your animal is healthy and to detect any potential diseases.

Pet New Year’s resolution #6: Get pampered more often

We all deserve to be pampered, it’s good for our bodies and mind. Well, it goes without saying that it's the same for pets. Brush your cat’s coat more often so that it stays soft and shiny. Go to the groomers for your dog and get their nails trimmed regularly.

Pet New Year’s resolution #7: Be more sustainable

The coronavirus crisis has raised more awareness on sustainability and ecology. And unfortunately, our pets also have an ecological footprint. But the good news is, there are plenty of ways to limit the ecological impact of a dog or a cat. You could for example, choose your litter carefully, buy sustainable toys, buy second hand accessories, and compost dog and cat hair.

Pet New Year’s resolution #8: Be more sociable

2020 was a difficult year to meet new people and if you got a new puppy, it must have been a real challenge to socialise them. But 2021 is the year where you and your pet will make new friends (yes even your cat, especially if they're a sociable cat). Get out more, join group walks, make sure your dog gets to meet as many humans, dogs and other animals as possible!

Pet New Year’s resolution #9: Create a safe, happy home and garden for your pet

Since our pets have been spending a lot more time inside during lockdown it is important to make our homes safer, more entertaining and cosy. Secure your house by making sure all potential harmful substances are kept in a safe place (in a cabinet for example), somewhere where your pet can’t reach. When it comes to securing your garden, do your research on which plants are toxic for dogs and cats.

Pet New Year’s resolution #10: Donate

The pandemic crisis has highlighted many problems, but it has also demonstrated solidarity among each other. Let’s continue to do so in 2021. Many many dogs and cats are still looking for a forever home and rescue centres are struggling to look after animals the best way possible. You can help them by donating. I’m sure your dog or cat would be proud of you if you helped one of their furry companions.

Are you looking to adopt a dog or a cat in 2021? Find your new best friend on our adoption platform.

10 New Year's resolutions inspired by your pet

We learn so much from the wonderful pets we have in our lives. Not only do we get unconditional love and affection, they always manage to make us happy. And cherry on the cake, they are great for our physical and mental health too. So why don’t we use some of the lessons we’ve learned from our four legged friends to write our New Year resolutions for 2021.

#1 Drink more water

Border Collie drinking water
Take example on this gorgeous dog and drink more water ©Shutterstock

Make sure you drink at least 2L of water everyday.

#2 Look at things from a different perspective

Cat lying upside down
Look at things differently, just like this cat ©Shutterstock

Stuck on something? Why don’t you take inspiration from cats, flip your head upside down and look at the problem from a different perspective.

#3 Love unconditionally

Kitten and Bichon dog cuddling
Spread the love ©Shutterstock

If pets teach us one thing in life, it’s unconditional love! They are always so happy and excited when they see us, they shower us with cuddles and licks, they cheer us up when we are feeling down. Why shouldn’t we take example on our beloved animals?

#4 Stress less and do more fun stuff

Dog rolling over in grass
Have more fun! ©Shutterstock

Keep cool and have more fun! 

#5 Relax and have more naps

Kitten and puppy napping together
Ssssh don't wake them up... ©Shutterstock

Cats sleep between 16 to 20 hours a day and dogs sleep approximately between 12 to 14 hours a day. Pets definitely know how to show humans how to relax! Naps help us to get through the day, especially a power nap.

#6 Go for walks

Dog holding leash in mouth
Someone is ready to go on a walk ©Shutterstock

A study has proven that one of the biggest health benefits of owning a dog is an improvement of cardiovascular health. Walking isn’t just great for you, it’s also great for your dog. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your dog’s lead, put your shoes on and go for a nice walk.

#7 Smile more

corgi dog smiling
Keep smiling ©Shutterstock

Yes we know, we tend to smile more thanks to our pets. They just have a natural talent for making us laugh and entertaining us. Smiling has many health benefits such as low blood pressure, strong immune function and pain relief. People who smile a lot live a longer life!

#8 Make new friends

Kittens and rabbits together
They look like they'll become best friends ©Shutterstock

Dogs love to make new friends. Your dog could become your wing woman or wing man and help you break the ice to make new friends.

#9 Be more active

Dog jumping catching freezbee
Can you jump this high? ©Shutterstock

Being active is good for your mind and your health. Your dog will love to come along with you and your cat will be happy to spend more time with you.

#10 Don’t be shy and express who you truly are

Pug playing the guitar
Be yourself! ©Shutterstock

Dogs and cats are quirky, goofy and don’t care the slightest about what others think of them. We should be more like them, don’t be afraid to express who you truly are!

Hope we have managed to inspire you for your New Year’s resolutions. We wish you all a Happy New Year and we hope all your dreams come true.