New Year's Resolutions You Can Do with Your Pet

 

Finally, New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep!

The advent of a new year is the perfect time to start setting goals for yourself. However, achieving these objectives can sometimes be challenging when you don’t have someone to do them with.   However, if you create New Year’s resolutions that you can work on with your furry friend’s help, you’ll be more likely to accomplish your long-term goals!

 With that in mind, here are some of the most beneficial resolutions you can make for yourself and your pet to achieve throughout the year!

Create an Emergency Pet Fund
 
Taking your dog or cat to the vet for a routine checkup is easy to budget for, but if an emergency happens and an urgent care visit pops up, you may find yourself in financial trouble. That’s why you should take the opportunity to start saving up money ahead of time to cover any last-minute vet bills that could show up in 2021.
 
While that might seem complicated, there is a method that will allow you to have the right amount of money set aside for an emergency. Since it’s hard to predict what an urgent vet visit will cost, it’s wise to set aside anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. This amount of savings should be able to cover most major emergencies at your local animal hospital.
 
Once you know how much you need to save, getting the emergency fund started can be as simple as using an online-only banking service. By signing up for an account, you can create automatic payments to build an emergency fund for your pet. As each week passes, the service will transfer small amounts of money into your fund, and before you know it, you’ll have a significant amount saved up. Using a mobile-friendly banking app also gives you the ability to monitor how much money you have saved while on the go. So, when you are traveling with your pet, you will always have access to your emergency fund.

 

cat counting coins

Earn Some Extra Money
 
Another exceptional financial goal to set for yourself might be finding ways to earn extra money. Building an additional income source doesn't have to be stressful or time-consuming. It just takes some dedication and being prepared for opportunities when they arise. If you live in an urban area and take your dog for frequent walks, you may have a chance to create a dog-walking side hustle.
 
With more people returning to work, local pet owners could be looking for ways to exercise their dogs while they are away at the office. To get your side hustle off the ground, take a few minutes the next time you see your neighbors and ask them if they would like to use your services as a dog walker. Since you are in the area, you can simply swing by their homes and collect their dogs to come along with you and your pup. Dog walkers can typically make around $15 to $25 per session, depending on the length of the walk and where you live.

 

walking the dog

Learn Something New
 
Developing a new skill is a standard resolution for people to make going into a new year. To get your pet in on the fun, you can make it a goal to teach your furry friends some new tricks as well. Taking the time to train your pets helps alleviate boredom and strengthen your bond while developing their social skills.
 
Don’t feel intimidated by the prospect of trying to teach your pet a new trick. Start by training your dog to follow simple commands like “sit,” “lay down,” or “stay.” As your pup learns more commands, you can slowly work on combining tricks or adding on to the ones they already know. For example, if your dog knows how to lay down, it’s easier to move on to a rollover command than to start from scratch. There are also plenty of free online resources and mobile apps to help with pet training when you’re unsure how to begin.

 

dog jumping

Explore Your Local Parks
 
Another popular resolution your pet can help you with is getting more exercise, and there’s no better way to get in shape than by spending time outdoors. Taking your dog to a local park is a great way to explore your neighborhood while working out.
 
Like you, your pets can get bored when they are stuck at home, so whenever you have the chance to take them somewhere new, they’ll appreciate it! If you are new to the area or unsure of where to find pet-friendly parks, you can always search online for a local dog park directory or ask your fellow pet owners for recommendations. Remember, some parks may require certain safety precautions like using a leash or staying away from other visitors.
 
 

dog at the park

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be complicated. By choosing an attainable goal to achieve with your pets, you can ensure you’ll both have fun throughout the year while spending quality time together.

 

 

 

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