Houston Humane Society Shares Tips to Tackle New Year’s Resolutions with Furry Friends
Kick Off Your New Year’s Resolutions This January During “Walk Your Dog Month”
New Year’s resolutions to socialize more and try new things can be much less daunting for pet owners who get their furry companions involved this year. There is no better time than January 2022, National Walk Your Dog Month, to get started on your resolution to be more active and explore new places. Houston Humane Society, one of the city’s largest non-profit animal shelters dedicated to eliminating animal cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals, shares tips to customize your resolutions around your four-legged friends for a brighter year.
Change your walking routine — By deciding to kick your walking game up a notch during National Walk Your Dog Month, you may create a lasting habit. A small, but significant change to you and your pet’s life can start by adding another walk to your schedule (i.e. schedule a bonus walk before work once a week or add an extra walk to your weekend plans). You can also find a different path to take. This will stimulate your pet with new smells while you can appreciate new scenery.
Schedule play dates — If your resolution is to meet new people, you cannot go wrong with meeting fellow animal lovers. Visiting dog parks is a great way for you and your pet to socialize. You can also start a pet club with fellow pet owners in your neighborhood.
Check out pet-friendly restaurants —There are a variety of local restaurants that love having four-legged guests. Try new places out this year and order your resolution companion a special pet-friendly dessert!
Start the year off fresh — If you cannot remember the last time your pet’s bed or collar was cleaned, the time to start fresh is now. Bacteria can build up in pet’s toys and bowls. Start a new habit of washing their items when you do weekly cleaning.
Create an emergency plan — 2020 and 2021 taught everyone to expect the unexpected. Become a prepared pet owner by ensuring you have an emergency kit ready that includes your pet’s vet records, photo, supplies and enough food for two weeks.
Love unconditionally — No matter what your days consist of in the upcoming year, know that you will be greeted by a wagging tail and unconditional love from your furry friends. Our pets can serve as reminders to show compassion to others and appreciate the small moments in life, like cuddling on the couch.