7 New Year's Resolutions For You and Your Pet

Next year, I’ll exercise every day, quit social media and put a bazillion dollars in my savings account. Sound familiar? Instead of making lofty resolutions that you’ll never be able to keep, we have a better idea. Focus on your pet instead—it’s way more fun and there are some great benefits for your furry friend, too. Here, seven resolutions to ensure you and Rocky have the best year ever

Try a new activity together. Like hiking, running or swimming. For more docile animals (looking at you, Tiger), invest in a new toy or make a weekly playdate with another pet. Or heck, why not give animal yoga a try?

Groom her daily. Or weekly, at least. Regular brushing distributes oils from the skin to their fur, helping to keep it nice and healthy. Extra bonus? It also means less shedding all over your couch

Ditto on the teeth brushing. Because a buildup of plaque and tartar is no joke. Just make sure to use a toothpaste designed for your pet.

Kick one bad habit. You know you shouldn’t feed your precious feline scraps from the table and that Fido’s constant barking at the mailman is super annoying. Time to do better. Here's a tip: Create a positive association by getting your pooch to sit every time the mail carrier comes around and then giving her a treat.

Stay on top of vet appointments. You want your four-legged pal to be around for a long, long time, don’t you? Regular exams and preventive care are key.

Teach your pet something new. Just like with humans, mental stimulation can help slow cognitive degeneration in animals. Plus, your friends will be super impressed with your pooch’s new-found "play dead" skills. Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Not us. 

Take a trip together. Time to make some memories. Just don’t forget to Instagram every single moment (hey, spending less time on the ’Gram isn’t on your resolution list this year, remember?). For pups, here are the best airlines for flying with your dog and the most dog-friendly hotels in the country.

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