Healthy Habits to Start with your Dog in the New Year

It’s that time of year again when we’re all looking for ways to improve ourselves. And if you’re a pet owner, it’s never too late to start thinking about your dog. Improving their health in 2023 is as easy as swapping out an old habit with a new one—like drinking more water, brushing up on teeth-cleaning, and taking up a new hobby. We’ve got all the info you need right here!

Drinking more water.

Your dog needs a lot of water to stay healthy, but you should also make sure it gets enough exercise and rest. In fact, proper hydration is just as important for your dog as it is for you.

Dogs have higher body temperatures than humans, so they need more water to keep their bodies cool.

Drinking plenty of fresh water helps keep your dog’s digestive system running smoothly and efficiently. It also reduces the risk of constipation and bloat (when the stomach fills with gas).

Healthy teeth are important—not only because pretty teeth look nice but brushing your pooch’s teeth regularly is an easy way to prevent plaque buildup and ensure good dental health. Drinking lots of water also keep those pearly whites clean!

Brushing up on teeth-cleaning

Brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the most important things you can do for his or her health. It’s also a great way to build a bond with your pet!

Tooth brushing is often recommended by veterinarians because it helps prevent tartar buildup and other dental problems, many of which are painful for dogs. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends brushing at least once per week, though if you have more than one dog in your home (or multiple dogs with different durations between visits), this may need to be increased.

It’s worth noting that some breeds have shorter snouts than others and therefore can’t get their teeth as clean as they would like when you brush them yourself. For these pets, make sure you’re using an appropriate size toothbrush designed specifically for their mouth shape or have a professional take care of it instead (your vet will know which option is best). You should also use toothpaste meant specifically for animals; while some brands are safe enough to swallow without any negative effects.

Play dates and park days

If you’re looking to get your dog outside and exercising, a great way to start is by taking him/her on walks at least once a day. While it may seem like just another chore for you, for your dog it can be a source of endless joy and excitement!

To make sure that both you and your four-legged friend are having fun during these adventures, here are some tips:

Make sure the park is safe before letting Fido run around wild. You don’t want to end up with an injured pet or one that has gotten into trouble because of their carelessness! There are plenty of parks in most cities where there’s room enough for both humans and dogs alike—just ask around before going somewhere new!

Taking up a new hobby

A hobby can be a great way to spend time together, especially if your dog has the energy to play. If you have an energetic breed like a husky or greyhound, take up an enjoyable activity like hiking. For smaller breeds that need less exercise, try taking them on walks through urban environments and parks so they can sniff out other dogs, which is great for their social skills!

If you want to get into something more competitive with your pup, consider agility training. This involves learning how to guide them around obstacles like ramps and jumps—it’s really fun for dogs who love chasing things! Make sure though that before beginning any new activity with your pup it’s safe for both of you; if not then it may end up causing pain or injury instead!

It’s never too late for you or your dog to establish healthy habits.

It’s never too late for you or your dog to establish healthy habits. You can begin at any age, even in your senior years. One habit at a time is best because it gives both of you time to adjust and make the habit part of everyday life before adding another one.