4. Less Screen Time, More Snuggle Time
OK, this might sound counterintuitive after that last one. But there’s room in our lives for awesome technology and tech-free downtime. Put down your smartphone — at least for a few minutes! — and just pet your dog. You’d be surprised how much it could calm you down and lift your mood to unplug for a moment, snuggle on the couch, and simply enjoy each other’s company.
5. Discover Dog Tech
Want to spy on your dog while you’re away? Looking to find the perfect nearby dog sitter or dog walker? There’s an app for that. GPS tracking devices like Tractive ($130) and Whistle ($80) help keep your dog safe, and toys like the iFetch ($115) add extra fun to your lives together. Make your life a little easier and your dog’s life that much better by taking advantage of this awesome technology.
6. Find a Dog-Friendly Workplace
Looking to make a professional change? Take it from an insider: working alongside dogs is basically the best. They diffuse stress, offer unconditional affection when you need it most, and keep you company when you’re sitting through meeting after meeting. Studies prove working alongside dogs improves morale, resulting in a happier healthier workforce.
7. Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Whether you have a rambunctious puppy or a sweet senior dog, it’s never too late for training. The main requirements? Patience and treats. This year, make a pledge to help your dog learn a few new tricks. The mental stimulation alone will tucker them out, and you’ll likely have a happier pup on your hands. From walking well on a leash to coming when called, these videos from Animal Planet take you step by step through 10 easy dog-training exercises.