It’s a New Year and time to make resolutions – and ideally keep them beyond Valentine’s Day. That’s usually my breaking point. Halo, Purely for Pets surveyed more than 1,000 pet parents to find out their New Year’s Resolutions. Here some of them:
88.7% of pet parents plan to help their pets get more exercise.
62.4% – more walks
68.3% – play with them more
2.9% – take a Doga class
1.9% – get into extreme sports
20.2% – go to the dog park more often
45.9% plan to help their pets lose weight in 2012.
44.8% – feed better quality food
35.1% – feed less food
34% – give fewer treats
33% – give more nutritious treats
68.7% – get more exercise
10.9% – plan a program with their vet
48.1% plan to teach their pets new tricks this coming year
86.8% plan to groom their pets more regularly.
68.1% will trim nails more regularly
52.7% plan to bathe their pets more regularly
80.3% are going to brush their pets more regularly
35.5% will start giving their pets supplements for their coat and skin
50.1% plan to brush their pet’s teeth more often
33.2% are going to start using natural grooming products
94.1% plan to help pets in need.
11.5% plan to adopt a new pet
11.5% plan to foster a pet
69.8% plan to donate to a rescue or shelter
This year will be different for me too, because all of the resolutions I’m making this year have to do with my dogs – and I can tell from the stats above that I’m not alone. I’m hoping that my dogs will keep me accountable! Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Wash the dogs more. My New York City dogs tend to get grungy quickly. Yet, their fur could feel stiff and they could have unidentified city gunk in their beards and I still won’t wash them. I think they went three months between washes once this year. Why? Because they really hate it and I feel sorry for them. They make those sad puppy dog eyes at me from the bathtub and I melt. But no more. Sorry, dogs. You’re going to be cleaner in 2012!
2. Brush Pearl at least five minutes every day. Pepper and Zoey get nice, clean Schnauzer shaves from the groomer. Pearl is a furry moppet, so she matts easily. And what do I do? Spare her the brush, of course. She hates it. This year I’m going to do lots of “treat and brush” and see if I can get her more into it.
3. More dog park days. Admittedly, I did not do a lot of dog park days this year for my beasts. I wasn’t well most of the year (I have Lyme Disease, a whole other blog post!), so they didn’t get to socialize much, and they really like it.
4. Try to get Pearl a little leaner. Pepper and Zoey have athletic Schnauzer bodies, but Pearl is a plus size model, and people on the street certainly let me know it. Since I feed all of the dogs the same thing, I’m going to try to slim her down with more exercise. At least one of us has to have the cliché weight loss resolution, and I think it should be Pearl.
5. Stuff it. My dogs have a ton of those fun, stuff-able treat balls and I don’t remember using them at all this year! The dogs will be happy to know that I’m going to light a fire under that fun-filled option. Low cal treats, of course.
6. Cuddle with Pepper more every day. He’s 14 years old and he really appreciates a good cuddle sesh – without his sisters intruding on it.
7. Cook for the dogs more. They love it, it’s good for them, and it’s fulfilling watching them enjoy a nice, healthy, home cooked meal.
8. Teach Pearl one new behavior/trick a month. I really fell off on Pearl’s training this year. Senior dog Pepper is “retired” and Zoey was so abused when I adopted her from the shelter, she’s still afraid of her own shadow, so I’m still working on socialization with her. Pearl, on the other paw, learns easily, is treat motivated (obviously), and should have some more fun cues under her chubby doggie belt.
That’s it – and I think that’s a lot! Do you have any New Year’s resolutions about your dogs? I’d love to hear them! Happy New Year to you and all of your furry family.