7 New Year Resolutions To Make Your Dog Or Cat Even Happier In 2016

Andrea A.

It's that time of year again. New year, new resolutions. Giving up this, taking up that... The start of 2016 marks a start to change.So let's involve our little furry friends in our new year's resolutions, too!Here are some of our suggestions for kicking off a good year with your dog or cat:

1. More walks and more playtime

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Walking your dog isn't just about letting them out so they can do their business. Dogs are social creatures who need to be stimuated. Meeting other dogs, smelling those unfamiliar smells, rolling around on the grass... These are all reasons why your dog should be spending plenty of time outdoors.And for cat lovers, why don't you spend a bit more time playing with your companion?Cats also need to be stimulated.They need to have a bounce about, it's good for their esteem!

2. A better diet

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We're sure you're already feeding your companions well. But do you think they could lead an even healthier life? For dogs: a few more fruit and veg, a little less meat, and less packaged food. Certainly, treats are meant to be an occasional treat, don't go overboard.If your dog eats kibble, why don't you buy them a slightly nicer brand of food, which offers more essential nutrients for your pup?Similar for cats:buy them some higher quality cat food!You'll notice the difference in their fur - it will get a lot more luscious!> 11 Everyday Foods That Are Toxic For Your Cat> 8 Herbs and Spices Which Are Great For Your Pet's Health> 12 Fruits And Veggies Your Pet Will Go Bananas For

3. A super healthy pooch/kitty


Aside from their diet, your pet's health also depends on the care you give them. Make sure they have seen the vet recently and are up-to-date on all their vaccinations.We can't tell you enough. Animals often hide their health problems, even when they're at their worst. So better to be safe than sorry, and get them checked out as soon as possible :)Always check your pet's teeth and gums as well, as they are often where symptoms of an infection first appear.> Has Your Dog Got Bad Breath? Here's What You Should Do

4. A coat in beautiful condition

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Whilst it is principally their diet which affects their gorgeous coat of fur, you can also make an effort to brush them by hand in 2016! And they'll love you for it, it's like a massage for them.Brushing them regularly means that they will also shed less, so there goes that sofa covered in white dog hairs!

5. Give them more attention

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When you've been with your dog for a long time, it's inevitable that you start to pay them a little less attention. Just like being in a couple or a family, the constant presence of another being means you start to be a little less attentive and affectionate.So in the New Year, remember just how important your pet is to you, and how happy you are to have them in your life.So show them a bit more love and attention and it will go a long away. Sadly our furry companions aren't with us for decades so show them how much you love them whilst you can!

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6. Cuddles, cuddles, and more cuddles

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So how about having a real good cuddle session with your pet to remind them how much you love them. Stroking them and having an affectionate cuddle with them are without doubt our favourite moments we share with our pets. And they are theirs too! So here's to more cuddles. It will be good for both of you.

7. More contact with other animals

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Of course, our pets love spending time with their humans. But sometimes they do need to spend a bit of time with their fellow breed. So to make sure they have a good social balance, give them the chance to meet other cats and dogs when they can. Dogs, particularly, love playing around with each other.

If you think your dog is lonely, then you could consider adopting another pet. But this is not a decision to be taken lightly.

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> Things To Consider Before Adopting A Second Dog. And How To Ace The First MeetingFor dog lovers, you can use the application Twindog to meet other dogs and their owners in your owner.It's free to download, so try it out today!We wish you all a very happy new year, and we hope that 2016 is a great year for you and your lovely pet!

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