A new year means a new opportunity to better ourselves as dog parents - check out some of the many resolutions you can make to improve you and your dog’s year.

Make sure your dog’s microchip is registered and up to date. Along with tracking collars, microchips are one of the most important tools you can have when it comes to finding your lost dog. Swing by your vet’s office to ensure your dog’s microchip is still properly functioning and look up their account to make sure their emergency contact information is accurate and updated. And if your dog doesn’t have one, talk to your veterinarian about getting the Fi Nano for your pup.

Brush your dog’s teeth. Most dog owners will tell you that they don’t brush their dog’s teeth daily - while it’s okay to miss a few brushings here and there, let’s make 2021 the year that we start focusing more on our dog’s oral health by brushing their teeth daily and providing them with healthy chews that will keep those pearly whites looking good as new!

Organize your dog’s toys. Because let’s be honest, our dog’s have way more toys than they probably need! Take a look through the toy basket and toss or donate any toys that you haven’t seen your dog play with recently. And for the keepers, give them a good cleaning - dog toys take quite a beating, so they could probably use a good scrub!

Go on more walks. Not every walk has to be a long one - even if it’s a quick stroll around your neighborhood, a daily walk will dramatically improve you and your dog’s day! Sticking to a daily walk schedule keeps both of you active and can be a great mood booster.

Take in a foster dog. Taking in a new dog can seem scary at first, but take our word for it when we say that you’ll fall in love with fostering! Your dog will love the extra company, and you’ll be helping a shelter dog find their home even faster. Check out all of the reasons why you should foster a dog in 2021 here.

Make sure you’re prepared for a medical emergency. It’s never something we want to think about, but accidents and illnesses do happen, so it’s important to be prepared. Set aside money each month that will be dedicated to emergency vet bills and consider getting pet insurance to help lower costs.

Play with your dog! Life can be hectic and sometimes the day just gets away from you before you even know it. Make sure your dog gets the one-on-one attention they need by setting aside 10 minutes each day to play and bond with your dog. And if you know you’ll be too busy for it, drop them off at your local doggy daycare for a few hours to get in some playtime!

No more table food. Table scraps are one of the biggest contributors to weight gain and obesity in dogs because let’s be honest, those puppy eyes are irresistible. But so many foods that we love can be dangerous for your dog and can cause a myriad of health issues. Let’s say no to table scraps this year, and yes to healthy dog treats!