8. Fix the Dog Hair Problem
When it comes to dogs, you take the good with the bad — and the hairy. Ever reconsidered buying a little black dress because you knew it would be covered in dog hair? If you’re tired of lint rolling yourself every time you leave the house, make a change! There are tons of dog hair removal tools out there — the FURminator ($38) is a personal favorite — that can clean up your home and dog in no time.
9. Pick Up Some Healthier Treats
OK, sharing an ice cream cone from time to time is actually the absolute best. But with health in mind, I’m on the lookout for tasty dog treats that’ll keep my dog feeling good (not clearing the room). Rewarding your dog is a great way to encourage good behavior — but you don’t want to overreward and come face to face with an unhealthy or overweight pet. Try single-ingredient treats like carrots or sardines, or pick up a box of dental chew treats like Greenies Dental Chews ($40) — that’s two resolutions in one: better hygiene and a healthy treat.
10. Work on that Barking Problem
Our dogs make us feel safe and loved — but protecting us from the mailman every. single. day? That can get a little frustrating. If your dog has a bit of a barking issue, resolve to help her lighten up in the New Year.
This year, let’s all resolve to be the best pet parents we can be. That means going the extra mile to take care of ourselves and our dogs and enjoying every minute together. Happy New Year!