Yeah, yeah, we know that people hardly ever stick to their resolutions, so we made seven goals for you and your pup to achieve over 2018. You see, a resolution implies change, which not everyone is ready to do at the drop of a hat on midnight. Goals are something you can work towards over the entire year.
But like anything else, making commitments can sometimes be easier when you have another person (or puppy) in it with you, so here are seven goals that you and your dog can hold each other accountable for.
1. Clean up your diet
This doesn’t mean you have to give up In-n-Out forever, but you can cook healthy foods that are good for you and your dog: brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale, lean meats (just don’t give them the bones!) and eggs. Some high-quality dog foods that we love include Merrick, Ziwi Peak, Acana, Primal, and Orijen.
2. Exercise More
Supplement your morning and evening walks by hitting up one of the dog-friendly trails in your area. Getting back to nature is becoming increasingly important in the digital age, and hiking is a great way to reset your brain, body, and spirit for the week ahead of you!
3. Kick a bad habit
For you, maybe it’s biting your nails. For your dog, maybe it’s learning not to jump on new friends or improving recall skills. Either way, you and your dog can be role models for each other. Inspire your pup to do better and we guarantee they will do the same for you.
We spent much of 2017 hunched over computers cringing at news headlines. While it’s important to stay woke in these troubling times, we also want to encourage everyone to spend a little less time on their devices. Dogs have the ability to fully experience the present moment, and this is an important lesson we can learn from them.
5. Prioritize Loved Ones
In tandem with Resolution #5, let’s make 2018 the year where we put those we love ahead of other things that are less important in the bigger picture. Your dog loves you unconditionally, even if they are a little monster sometimes. Make a serious effort this year to show your pup, and eh, why not your humans too, that they are important to you. After all, we won’t be here forever!
6. Learn something new
Grow your brain!! If you can’t think of anything new you want to learn, you can learn how to teach your dog a certain trick, and then your dog learns that trick. You both walk away having gained a new skill! As the old saying goes, even the oldest dog can learn a new trick.
7. Get healthy!
This is purposely vague. Whether you want to see your mental, physical, or spiritual health improve, we challenge you to get healthier! Having someone to do this with makes it much easier, and there are so many ways you and your dog can improve together.
Take a photo of yourself and your dog on New Year’s Day. On December 31st, 2018, take that picture back out and list all the ways you’ve improved your life. Make it a (not so) humble brag Instagram post– you deserve it! We hope 2018 is a year of improvement for you, us, and ours. From everyone at Fitdog, sayonara 2017 and helllloooo 2018!