When the clock strikes midnight and officially turns to 2019, people will commit to changing something to make their lives better in the new year, be it to exercise more, eat healthier or pick up a new hobby.
For you pet owners out there, make 2019 a great year for your four-legged best friends by adding in a resolution to make their lives better and more enjoyable. Here are a few ideas.
Get more exercise
Your dog needs to get out of the house, too. Resolve to start your days off with a nice walk or, if a busy schedule makes that difficult, look into a pet walking service. Better yet, let your pups be loose and free at a local dog park, where they can expend all sorts of energy and meet some new friends as well.
Learn a new trick
Pets should know the basic things you need to ask them (i.e. sit, stay, how to use the litter box), but teaching a new trick to them cannot only impress your friends, it can also help create a stronger bond between the two of you. Learn some new tricks—or maybe get some help with basic ones if needed—at local training centers.
Stock-up on your pet needs
Make sure your pet has everything he/she needs this year for happiness and health. That can include practical items, like paw booties for the cold winter months or a portable water and food container, or fun things like a new toy.
There’s a lot you can do to make and keep your pet healthy on your own, but just like us, a check-up at the doctor’s is always a good idea. Take a look at some of the best veterinarians in the area to find out where you can take Fido.
Let your pet explore NoVA
There’s so much for people to do in this area, and many of those activities are pet-friendly as well. Avoid having to leave your pet at home and take them with you on a river cruise on the Potomac, at a winery or brewery or when you head out for a hike.