New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

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Making a commitment toward healthier habits can also reflect directly on your pets! So what better a time than the beginning of the year to commit to improving the life of both you and your furry loved one! Looking for some ideas for ways to resolve to be healthier and better for 2014? Look no further! We’ve compiled some great New Year’s resolutions to consider! 1. Enjoy more walks We all know that the physical benefits from increased activity are great for both us and for Fido. But, walking is also an amazing way to reduce stress, establish a routine with your pet and can even ward off potential health problems down the road. Try to commit to even just 10-15 each day. 2. Make friends! For humans, interacting with others stimulates serotonin production in the brain, which improves the mood and lowers stress. Dogs also experience positive benefits from socializing with other dogs. Making play dates or just hitting up the dog park is a great way for the both of you to lighten your mood and for your pup to learn proper socialization behavior. 3. Eat healthy! Ok, we know that this is usually on the list for most people after the holidays, but making a commitment to fill your diet with nutrient-dense foods is a great way to prevent illness and disease and promote your overall quality of life. This goes for our pets too! Consult with your veterinarian about what types of nutrients and proteins will be the healthiest for your dog. 4. Work on training The more trained your dog is, the closer and less stressful the relationship that you share will be. Consider a training class or make it a goal to attack any negative behaviors that they may be displaying. Also take note! Many negative behaviors are rooted in anxiety. ThunderWorks offers a large variety of calming products to assist in anxiety in your pets.

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