Year of the Dog: Resolutions for Dog Parents in 2018
In Chinese astrology, each year within a 12-year cycle corresponds with a zodiac animal. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and people born in this year and previous Years of the Dog (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, and so forth) are said to have loyal personalities.
Although the official Year of the Dog does not begin until the Chinese New Year on February 16th, we were inspired to come up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions that people and their canine companions can make together.
Chances are, many of these resolutions are ones that you may have already made for yourself – but there’s no reason why you can’t include your dog as well!
Most of us set nutritional goals for ourselves in the new year – but what about for our pets? Even if your dog doesn’t need to watch his weight, consider how you can improve his diet. Maybe it’s time to try a new supplement or adjust his food. Monitor your dog for potential signs of allergies and make any necessary changes.
The average person needs to drink at least eight cups of water today, yet many of us fail to meet this basic requirement. It’s important for dogs to stay hydrated as well to ensure proper biological functioning. How much water a dog needs to drink per day depends on her size, age, and activity level, along with the weather conditions. As a general rule, the average dog requires at least 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. If your dog is especially active, she will need more water to stay hydrated.
Even if you just don’t see yourself joining a gym this month (or ever), you may already have a great workout buddy at home! If you have a young and active dog, try jogging or running together. If that doesn’t quite work for either of you, try taking long walks or hiking. You both will benefit from the additional activity and from spending more time outside.
Spend More Quality Time Together
Your dog adores you and wants to spend every possible minute with you. The best gift you can give your dog is your attention. Try putting away the electronics in the evenings and play with your pup instead.
Explore New Places
Try to find dog-friendly destinations near and far this year. You may discover a hidden gem in your own neighborhood or find a new favorite vacation spot for the weekend! Your dog will love tagging along with you.
Let Go of Negativity
With the new year, we all get a fresh start. Dogs live in the moment, and they are usually quick to forgive. In the coming year, try your best to be present and let go of past grievances. That’s much easier said than done, but your dog will be by your side to remind you.
Start Every Day with Excitement
Okay, so most dogs really don’t need to be reminded of this one. People, however, often need to remember that each day is a gift. It’s so easy to get caught up in a routine of complacent habits. Begin each day like your dog does – full of enthusiasm for what’s in store.
Be Grateful for the Little Things
Ever heard the expression, “Bark less, wag more?” The dogs are way ahead of us on this one. Many of us focus so much on what we wish we had rather than appreciating what we do have. Find joy in simplicity and acknowledge the things you take for granted each day.
By practicing these resolutions together, you and your pup can have a happy and healthy Year of the Dog!