2023 is here, and with a new year comes new goals and aspirations. While you’re writing your resolutions for the new year, why don’t you write some down for your dog too! As pet parents, we don’t like to admit it, but sometimes we can overlook an area of our dog’s health because we think it isn’t “that bad.” So this year let’s be a little better for our pets as well. Here are a list of new year’s resolutions for dogs that every dog parent can benefit from trying. You can use any of these in your own list, or feel free to add your own.

1. Put Safety First

Safety is paramount. Work on being extra mindful while out with your dog. In a city like NYC an accident could happen at anytime, so being aware of your surroundings will not only help you but your dog as well.

Make sure your dog is wearing the proper harness or collar, and that their leash is securely fastened.

2. Don’t Forget to Visit Your Vet

Regular vet visits could save your pet’s life. From vaccinations to catching underlying health issues, make going to the vet a routine. Vets are your first point of contact if your believe your dog is experiencing any kind of health problems.

3. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Teaching your dog a new trick can be a fun experience for the both of you. You get to bond with your dog, and they get some mental stimulation(and treats).

4. Exercise More

Physical exercise plays a huge aspect in a dog’s overall health. Depending on the breed of dog you have, some may require more exercise than others. Daily walks are a great way to keep your dog, and yourself, active. Create a routine for your dog so it becomes familiar to them and reward them after walks. Another way to keep your dog active is to use Dog City’s walking services!

5. Healthier Diet

As cute as our dogs look begging for table scraps, it’s best to stick to food that is good for them. A healthy diet can prevent obesity and a number of other health issues. Consult with your veterinarian to find the diet that is best for your dog.

6. Make More Time for Play

Make quality time with your dog a regular thing. While you are gone most of the day, your dog is home missing you so much! Make time to play with them, the bond between you and your dog will benefit from this. Dog City’s daycare program is also a great way to make sure your dog gets all the play they need while your away from home.

7. Prioritize Dental Care

Dental care is a big issue in dogs, especially in some breeds, like Chihuahuas. Schedule annual dental cleanings for your dog. They’ll thank you when they’re older. You can also buy doggie toothpaste and a toothbrush to brush their teeth daily.

8. Groom Your Dog Frequently

Regular grooms are very important to dogs’ coat and skin health. Some breeds’ fur are more prone to matting, which can be extremely painful. Frequently brushing your dog, and routinely taking them to be groomed will keep them looking and feeling great. Click here for our pick of grooming products.