Pet parents cite top five new year resolutions
Special to the Sun
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The New Year is upon us. It’s time to reflect upon the past year and determine what we want to achieve, change or do better in 2014.
This applies to all aspects of our lives — including our pets.
TripsWithPets.com surveyed pet parents and asked them what resolutions they’ve made for 2014 pertaining to their pets.
More walks: Whether it’s a stroll around the neighborhood or a brisk walk through some hiking trails, a whopping 56 percent of pet parents surveyed made this their No. 1 pet resolution for this year. Most of those respondents have a goal of two walks per day! They cited exercise, maintaining their pack leader status, and bonding as their motivation for walking Fido more often.
Bonding activities: More car rides, doggie bakery visits, beach outings, and family vacations, are among the activities that respondents said they are resolved to doing more of with their four-legged family members. Getting out and spending some quality time with their pets to make that bond even stronger is at the top of pet parents minds this year!
Nail trims and teeth brushing: Tied at No. 3 are these two often neglected hygiene “must dos.” Pet parents understand keeping on top of your pet’s nail trims and choppers can prevent many serious health issues. Did you know that ideally your pet’s nails should be short enough so they don’t click on the floor and their teeth should brushed daily?
Training: We all can’t have a Lassie, but a good number of pet parents recognize their pet needs some better training to curb some not-so-favorable behavior. From teaching better recall (getting your dog to come when called), to getting Rover not to jump on guests, or training your cat to stay off kitchen counters … pet parents are ready to put on their dog (or cat) whisperer hat!
Healthier eating: Pet parents are definitely on board with feeding their pets better quality foods this year. They’ve been doing their homework and want to do all they can to ensure their furry friends live a long and healthy life. So, look out gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, raw food, and probiotics — pet parents are coming to get you in 2014!
TripsWithPets.com, founded by President Kim Salerno, is an online resource for pet travel, offering resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe while traveling. The website features a directory of pet friendly hotels and accommodations, airline and car rental pet policies; pet-friendly restaurants, beaches, and events; and more.