New Year’s Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally

With 2016 finally here, I've already been planning about how to make this new year the healthiest one yet. Although there are numerous ways I could improve myself and my health, what if I could also get my family involved including my furry family members, too? You know that on my other blogs I've been talking about making 2016 a healthier year. I want that same goal for my family and our pets. Product was provided for this post, but the story is my own.

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New Year's Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally

Milk-Bone (the makers of my pup's favorite dog treats) recently conducted an original survey of 3,000 pet parents nationwide to find out which healthy habits families are pledging in the new year. See the results below:

New Year's Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Pets and Their Pet Parents
(% of pet parents who are interested in each pet-oriented resolution)

  1. I will spend more time with my dog.  52% - According to the survey, 44% of pet parents say that having a dog brings a family closer together. Whether it's taking Fido to a new dog park or adding a few minutes to your daily walk, you can easily increase quality time with your pup.
  2. I will help my dog to have better health and wellness. 42% - In addition to plenty of play and exercise, consider providing your pup a daily vitamin supplement, such as Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins, which promote well-being, longevity, and overall good health.
  3. I will take my dog on more trips with me. 34% - Taking your pup on vacation not only adds fun, but it also alleviates the worry of not knowing what's happening wth him while you're away. Be sure to bring his favorite toy or something he loves to keep him calm during travel.
  4. I will brush my dog's teeth regularly. 31% - Weary about brushing your canine's canines? Start a new daily routine and try a dental chew, such as Milk-Bone Brushing Chews -- which clean teeth, remove tartar and fight dreaded doggy breath. This daily dental treat also comes in a new 'Fresh Breath' flavor (in stores Feb. 2016) for an even tastier clean.
  5. I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements. 30% - Vitamins provide beneficial nutrients not found in regular dog food -- which is why it's a good idea for both of you to start the day off right with a daily vitamin supplement. Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins support your dog's immune system, brain, heart, and digestion.
  6. I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed. 29% - If you have a timid dog, the key to reducing his stress is by building his self-confidence. Start by teaching him to respond to basic commands -- it will make him feel more comfortable in his environment.
  7. I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.  25% - Every dog loves (and often begs for) tasty table scraps. Next year, resist the urge and provide tasty pet treats instead. These Milk-Bone treats are ones that not only taste good but are (actually) good for them.
  8. I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long. 23% - If you can't leave work early, consider providing a new furry companion for your pup. Or perhaps you can arrange for a friend's dog to make a house call.
  9. I will help my pet lose weight. 21% - Just like us, some pups could stand to lose a few pounds. Next year, make Fido your accountability partner and commit both yourselves to eating healthier, along with plenty of play and exercise.
  10. I will take my dog to dog training class. 15% - Experts are experts for a reason. Accredited dog trainers have tons of experience in teaching both pets (and pet parents) positive reinforcement techniques that are safe and effective.

New Year's Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally

Hunter's New Year's Resolution for 2016

Of all these resolutions, the one that resonates with me is 'brushing my dog's teeth regularly.' According to the survey, 40% of dog parents do this... and I'd love to do this more regularly.

Of course, brushing your dog's teeth is one of those things that's a lot harder than it sounds. Thanks to Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, however, I don't have to lift a finger. (Well, maybe that's all I have to lift.) Basically, the Brushing Chew does all the manual labor in keeping my pup's teeth clean and breath fresh. Double win!

Readers, what resolution are you planning to make for you and your dog in 2016?

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Ellen is a busy mom of a 20-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She has been running a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont for the past three years. She’s a proud Mommy to 2 shelter kitties. If you’d like to work together, email info@other-peoples-pets.com to chat.

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  • It’s still our first few months with Brownie but our goal is to keep doing outside stuff with her- it’s good for ALL of us

  • My resolution: I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed. I like the anxious breeds it seems (like Yorkies) and anxious dogs (and even people) make ME anxious, so it’s win-win to keep their stress level down. Doggy yoga comes to mind, lol.

  • I will take my dog on more trips with me

  • We will be doing many adventures this year. On Saturday we will be running a .5K fun run. There is also hiking, dog sledding and walks too. My dogs have their teeth brushed each week and that will continue along with healthy dental treats.

  • I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.

  • I’d like to make a resolution to not leave her home alone as long

  • We buy Milkbone Biscuits for our three dogs. They love them and will sit by the boxes when they come in “asking” for one.

    We already do most of these resolutions. We are most guilty of feeding our dogs table scraps. I have cut back, but my husband still enjoys treating them that way.

  • I will try my best to brush her teeth. It’s very difficult to get her to sit still long enough but I will continue to try. Hopefully she gets used to it.

  • I plan to follow the resolution to take my dog on more trips with us.

  • I wold make a resolution to take her on longer walks.

  • I will help my pet lose weight. Molly is 13 and putting on a pound or two.

  • My dogis overweight I will give him less of my food and treats.

  • My dog owner resolution is to help my dogs have better health and wellness. They are very healthy but I could work a little better at this one, minor fine tuning.

  • I will help my pup (Murphy) get more vitamins. (and not feed him so many potato chips)

  • My resolution is to make sure she goes for a few walks during the week and not just on the weekend!

  • A resolution for my dog would be to go on even more fun hikes.

  • our dogs will not get anymore table scraps!

  • I will continue to strive for a healthy diet and exercise for my dog (and myself!) 🙂

  • Hazel’s resolution is a hard one to come up with. If i had to pick one thing for her to work on it would be to get her to not jumping on people when we have guest. That is the only thing she is really bad about. Other than that she is perfect. She is affectionate, Healthy,Happy,Friendly and get plenty of toys and exercise.

  • I will brush my dog’s teeth regularly

  • My resolution is to spend more time playing outside with my dogs. It’s not only beneficial for them but for me as well.

  • I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.

  • Im gonna take my dog on more walks for him and me

  • We’re (my husband!!) going to work on not feeding the dog from the table.