How Your Dog Can Help You Stick to Your New Years Resolution

How Your Dog Can Help You Stick to Your New Years Resolution
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Most of us can't stick to our new year's resolutions. Before the start of the year, we all have our lists. We made sure that starting from day 1 of the next year we make a commitment and stick to our resolutions. But it wouldn't take more than a month for us to break our new year's resolutions.
But, despite this, new years resolutions help a lot in achieving our goals. If you've been struggling for years in sticking to your resolutions, here's a quick tip: Have a friend that will keep you accountable. And since we have our dogs, why not make our dogs help us stick to our resolutions?
Here is some common new years resolution that people make in which you can have your dog help you stick to your goals.

Get Healthy

Getting healthy is one of the most common new year's resolutions makes but couldn't stick to. Many of us start strong at the start of the year. Then a few weeks later we lose our motivation until we don't even want to go out. This is where our dogs can help us. Our dog loves to go for daily walks and they are creatures of habit. You'll never miss a day without a walk because your pet will remind you on schedule. If that's something that you enjoy doing with your pet, do more than taking them for a walk in the park. Plan out a route that is longer than your usual walk, and add the distance every couple of weeks. In time, you and your dog will build up stamina and your dog. It benefits your dog too as according to PetMD, getting an exercise aids in their digestive system and improves their agility. You'll burn more calories than before. Plus it is more fun when you are getting fit along with your furry friend.

  • If you don't like to jog, a leisure walk works as well.
  • Stick to a pace where you and your dog can go along without getting too tired.
  • Instead of going to parks, try out new places like a hiking trail or city street.

Eat Healthy

Another popular new years resolution that people usually fail to do. Eating healthy can do wonders for your health, but don't forget your dog's health as well. Just as you would want to stop eating junk foods, avoid giving your dog table scraps. What could be a small snack for you could be a meal for your pet? Oily and fatty foods can cause severe dog health problems. Diarrhea and pancreatitis are some of the many health problems that your dog can have. Moreover, some table scraps you feed could be toxic to your dogs. Feeding your pet with table craps will cause undesirable behaviors. Your pet becomes dependent on food scraps and begging.

Try Something New

If you want to try out something new for years but haven't committed to it, now may be the time to include your pet. There are many activities that you and your dog will love. You'll meet new people, new pets, and try out activities that test your comfort zone levels. Activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, agility courses, and many others are some of the things you and your dog can try out and have fun in the process.

Deal With Stress

Studies show that if you do not deal with your stress levels you dampen your immune system. You are more prone to catching infections. It can also contribute to other health-related problems including cancer. A new study even shows that stress contributes to speeding up the aging process.
Dr. Alan M. Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has spent most of his time studying about human-animal relationships. According to him, pets relieve our stress levels in the following ways.