Here at Pets Add Life, we’re all about improvement – and nothing calls for setting a new tone like the New Year. We know resolutions are totally overplayed, but it’s never a bad idea to try to be a healthier, happier human – and why not set the same goals for your pal? You are the boss, after all! Here are a few good places to start and some tips to help get started.
- Don’t Be a Chow Hound – Sadly, over half the pals out there are overweight and clearly their diet plays a big part in that. Take this opportunity to do a little research into optimal diets for your pet type, then read the label on their food to ensure they’re getting everything they need. And never discount portion control; we recommend feeding slightly less than the recommended feeding if you treat your pet and consider feeding even less if your pet doesn’t engage in a moderate amount of physical activity regularly, as most food companies recommend portions for active pets.
- Paws to the Pavement – Physical activity plays a major role in health and well being, making this a resolution that can benefit you both. Our advice is to be easy on yourself and start small, opt for two or three half-hour walks per week and work your way up to longer distances and/or more frequency. For cats, consider a toy that they have to chase or jump to get to and vow to play with them regularly. And small animals should always have something to facilitate physical activity, like a wheel or plastic ball to run in.
- Re-Train Their Brain – Training is your pet’s education, the smarter they are the more confident and capable they’re going to be. Plus, beyond their mental wellbeing, you’ll be a happier owner when your pet actually listens. Keep training sessions relatively short, about 15-30 minutes, and start small with things like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘watch me’. Remember to be patient (keep it fun!) and, once you both get the hang of it, you’ll start to appreciate the quality time.
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