TrainingThe New Year has finally arrived and already its days are ticking by. But if you’re still settling on what changes you’d like to make in your life this year, you’re not alone.

We get it. It’s hard to know where your energies should be directed when life moves so quickly. But we do know that whatever changes you decide to make, including your dog (or other pet) in your plans.. It may not seem like New Year’s resolutions and your pets go hand in hand; but for many resolutions they do.

Here are a few ideas…

Weight Management

Maybe you’re looking to lose weight and need a non-judgmental dieting partner and a walking buddy who will never turn you down? Your dog is ideally suited to helping you achieve this goal.

If your pet is looking to shed a few pounds too, give us a call and schedule a nutrition consultation. We’ll help you with your pet’s weight management plans and help you align his or her goals with your own.

New Friends and New Places

Perhaps you’re looking to travel more or meet new people? Your pet can help with this too.

There are a number of pet-friendly destinations to consider, and your canine companion can be a terrific travel companion. By encouraging you to stop and see the sights, keeping you company in the car and even offering protection for the solo traveler, your pet is your best friend for your adventures.

Likewise, your pet is a great catalyst to meet new people (and pets) at the local dog parks and pet-friendly businesses in our area.

You may even want to consider enrolling the two of you in a training course as a way to meet other people. Training doesn’t have to just be manners and obedience, you and your pet could join a Rally or Agility training course this year too.

Volunteering

Many of you may be looking for a way to get out into our community and volunteer more in 2014. But did you know that pets could be volunteers too? There are many organizations in need of therapy animals in our community. From “reading dogs” in the schools to therapy animals for seniors and veterans, your pet can do a lot of good in our community.

Quit smoking

One way to successfully break a bad habit is to replace it with something else. So why not make that something else your pet? Every time you have an urge to smoke, take your dog for a walk, groom them, or play a game of fetch instead. Also, think about how much healthier your pet’s lungs will be without all that secondhand smoke.

Whatever life changes you have planned for the year ahead, remember that your pet is your biggest fan and will always be happy to help you accomplish whatever you set out to do.

Pets are good like that.