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. Here are the top five pet New Year's resolutions.
1 - 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 sited exercise, maintaining their pack leader status, and bonding as their motivation for walking Fido more often.
2 - Bonding Activities: More car rides, doggie bakery visits, beach outings and family vacations are among the activities 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.
3 - Nail Trims & Teeth Brushing: Tied at No. 3 are these two often-neglected hygiene "must dos." Pet parents understand that keeping on top of their 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?
4 - 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!
5 - 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 is an online resource for pet travel. Named best pet travel site by Consumer Reports, TripsWithPets.com's mission is to offer resources that ensure pets are welcome, happy and safe while traveling. The website features a directory of pet-friendly hotels and accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, as well as airline and car rental pet policies; pet-friendly restaurants, beaches and events; a user-friendly route search option; pet travel tips; pet travel supplies; and other pet travel resources. Author Kim Salerno is the president and founder of TripsWithPets.com. She founded the pet travel site in 2003 and is an expert in the field of pet travel. Her mission is to ensure pets are welcome, happy and safe in their travels.