If you’re thinking about starting (or already breaking) your New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. Most Americans abandon their goals before we even turn the calendar into February. But at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, we’re encouraging you to stick with your goals AND add a four-legged accountability partner to the mix. You and your dog can live a healthier and happier life in 2022 by making a few simple adjustments!
What resolutions can Rover tackle in 2022? We have a couple of recommendations to get you started.
Your dog’s health is important, and you play a critical role in helping them maintain overall wellness. Sadly, we’re not always the best judges of a pet’s fitness. A few table scraps here and a couple of rainy, walk-free days can get us out of our healthy routines, and the cumulative impact of these choices can cause our canines to pack on the pounds. It’s a common occurrence – according to the American Animal Hospital Association, somewhere around 50% of American dogs are obese.
You can make a few resolutions that will benefit your pet’s mental and physical health! Start by stopping a dangerous habit – feeding your dogs human food. Speak with your vet at your dog’s next appointment about what food would be best for their age, breed and lifestyle. Then, make a pact among your family members to feed your animal their vet-approved food on a regular schedule, avoiding all human food. Your dog might protest at first, but it’s good for their waistline and longevity!
Then, you can commit to regular exercise! Daily walks or games of tug and fetch can help your pet exert energy needed to maintain heart health. Your dog’s size, breed and temperament will determine how long you should walk or play. Need motivation to get started? You can sign up for our Fast & the Furriest 5K. Walk, run or strut with your animal and raise money for the Humane Society at the same time!
Have a dog that jumps when he greets you? Is your pooch’s leash etiquette not up to par? Learning valuable training skills is a great thing to try in the new year! There are several basic skills your dog should know for everyone’s safety. And, there are a ton of great resources available to help you get started!
One you could consider is signing up for a low-cost dog training class with the Humane Society! Our expert, on-site dog trainer, Lee Phelan, hosts regular classes for recent adopters and all dog owners. The classes cover basic behavioral training and can help you better connect with your pet. Interested in tackling training in the new year? Contact us today to sign up!