New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet in 2023

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet in 2023

The new year is almost here, and with it comes a special opportunity for a fresh start. January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not make the most out of it by setting some new year’s resolutions for your pet? Making some new year’s resolutions for your pet is a great way to plan ahead and find all the best tips and tricks you can use during the new year to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Read on to learn more about how you can set some simple but effective goals for your pet in 2023.  

Healthy Diet and Exercise Habits 

It goes without saying that proper nutrition and exercise are key components of any healthy lifestyle, including that of our beloved pets. Consider investing in healthier food options and creating an exercise plan that includes regular walks or playtime. If you’re unsure of what will work best for your pet, consult with Dr. Nicole who can provide personalized advice. 

Enrichment Activities 

Our pets need mental stimulation just as much as physical exercise. Enrichment activities can help keep them mentally active while also providing them with something fun to do. Consider giving your pet interactive toys designed specifically for their breed or size; this could be anything from puzzle toys to treat balls or even scent games. For cats, investing in cat trees or scratching posts is always a good idea (and helps protect your furniture!).

Get Social! 

Socialization is an important part of any pet's life, so try introducing your pet to new people and places this year. Whether it's a trip to the local park or meeting other pets at doggy daycare, socializing with others can help keep your pet happy and healthy. Make sure you follow any COVID-19 guidelines when out in public with your pet—social distancing still applies! 

Training Classes 

January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not take advantage of it by signing your pup up for some training classes? Training classes are beneficial not only because they teach dogs basic obedience commands, but also because they help reinforce the bond between owner and dog. Even if you’ve been working on training at home, classes provide structure and consistency, which often leads to better results over time. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other pup parents.

Schedule Regular Checkups with Onalaska Animal Hospital

It's easy to forget about vet visits when things are busy, but make sure your pet gets regular checkups during the coming year. Many health concerns can be resolved easily if caught early enough, so don't put off these appointments—they could save you and your pet a lot of stress down the line. Dr. Nicole and the Onalaska Animal Hospital’s staff will also offer advice on nutrition and training tips that can benefit your pup greatly. 

The last weeks of the year are an ideal time to establish some goals for yourself and your pet, so start thinking about what resolutions you can make together in 2023! Focus on basic health habits like a new diet and exercise routine before moving on to enrichment activities and training classes—all of these will help ensure that your beloved pet has a healthy and happy year ahead. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward having a successful New Year with your pet!