Resolutions. We all make them. Some we actually stick to – others … not so much.
But if you’re looking for a little motivation to stay committed to the course, why not try these simple, yet practical ideas inspired by your furry, four-legged friend. Our goal at The Barking Lot, was to come up with New Year’s resolutions that you and your pet could actually have fun keeping together.
Playtime is Essential
You work hard. So, it only seems right that you play hard as well. Balance is the spice of life and being able to equally divide your time between the two is definitely something strive for. So the next time you and your pooch venture outdoors together, try to pay less attention to your watch and instead stay present in the moment.
Of course, we all need time to recharge our batteries. One way to do that is by getting in a nice long nap – something we can easily learn from our pets. Rest and relaxation can actually offer you a number of different benefits. Napping aids in keeping stress and irritability at bay. It also helps make you more alert and productive, while promoting hormonal maintenance and cell repair.
Find Time for New Friends
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s always a great time to make new friends. And your dog is probably one of the best examples of this. The day you decided to adopt was most likely one of the most rewarding days of your life – and making new human friends doesn’t have to be any less amazing.
Drink More Water
According to experts, it’s suggested that both pets and their parents drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. And if your dog instinctively knows how much he should be drinking, that should offer you a little motivation to stay in tune with your own needs.
Watch Your Diet
Many dogs have specific dietary requirements – especially as they age. And sticking to a healthy human diet can become a permanent lifestyle choice with a little help from your four-legged friend.
Go After What You Want
Ever just sit and watch your dog play fetch? It’s like his mission in life is to get that ball back to you. Your pooch’s enthusiasm should inspire you to go after your dreams and never hold back.
Visits to the vet are essential to the health and overall well-being of your pet. The same should go for you as their caretaker. Afterall, his health depends on yours.
Exercise Your Brain
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Just like your pet, the more you exercises your brain, the more you aid in its maintenance. So keep those synapses firing through constant mental stimulation.