Five New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make as a Pet Parent

Make 2019 your strongest, healthiest, and most memorable year yet!

With 2018 coming to an abrupt end, it’s time to consider how you’ll make 2019 your best and brightest year to date. If spending time with your pets is a priority, you can get them in on the fun by making them part of your New Year’s resolutions. That way, you’re bettering yourself and making the most of every minute you have with your furry friends.

Here are five New Year’s resolutions you should make as a pet parent:

  1. Take more pictures with your dog or cat. The internet can’t get enough of adorable animal photos. That’s why it isn’t unusual for you to post pics of your pets over and over again. In fact, if your dog or cat doesn’t have their own Instagram account by now, it’s time to start one. You’d be amazed at how good our furry friends are for lifting our spirits. People will be inspired by your pet photos and you’ll discover a whole new world of friendship and opportunities awaiting you because of your willingness to capture the most intimate and exciting moments of your dog or cat’s life.
  2. Go on more adventures with your furry friend. Stop leaving your pet behind while you travel. Instead, make 2019 about sharing experiences with them. You’d be amazed at how accommodating the travel industry has become toward pets. Airlines, hotels, and even restaurants cater to dogs and cats these days. Find out which companies and establishments are pet-friendly by visiting BringFido.com or PetsWelcome.com. Both websites provide valuable information about which businesses embrace your fur babies and which to steer clear of.
  3. Burn extra calories with physical activities. Work off all the food you ate over the holidays by making your pet part of the exercise you get. It’s clearly easier to walk a dog on a leash than it is a cat. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get your kitty moving, though. Buy a laser pointer and have your cat chase it around the house. You can even buy toys that you toss or wave around that make your kitty curious about what you’re doing. The more you move, the more your pet will, too.
  4. Spend quality time together sans your phone or tablet. If you’re constantly tethered to technology, make it a point to ditch your electronics in favor of some one-on-one time with your pet. Spend time petting and praising them. Go for a walk or run with your dog. Take a drive together. Your pets know when you’re happy or stressed. Make them feel at greater ease in your presence by making relaxation your preferred way to be. You’ll both benefit from the bond you’ve strengthened.

This year can be the best for both you and your pets. Make decisions that impact your health, happiness, finances, and overall well-being by keeping your furry friends at the forefront of your mind. You can easily find ways to include them in your activities going forward. Resolve to make 2019 an experience for the record books.

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