Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year's Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs - #milkbone Giveaway

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My Labrabull, Helen
 
With 2016 finally here, I've already been planning about how to make this new year the healthiest one yet.  Although there are numerous ways I could improve myself and my health, what if I could also get my family involved including my furry family members, too?  Helen is now two years old and we've had her for the majority of that time.  Her health is as important as ours.
 
Milk-Bone (the makers of my pup's favorite dog treats) recently conducted an original survey of 3,000 pet parents nationwide to find out which healthy habits families are pledging in the new year. 
 
See the results below:
 
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Pets and Their Pet Parents
(% of pet parents who are interested in each pet-oriented resolution)
 
1.  "I will spend more time with my dog."  52%
2.  "I will help my dog to have better health and wellness."  42%
3.  "I will take my dog on more trips with me."  34%
4.  "I will brush my dog's teeth regularly."  31%
5.  "I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements."  30%
6.  "I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed."  29%
7.  "I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table."  25%
8.  "I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long."  23%
9.  "I will help my pet lose weight."  21%
10.  "I will take my dog to dog training class."  15%
 
Of course, old habits die hard -- which is why Milk-Bone has also fetched the best ways to make sure these resolutions stick. 
  
Top Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions
 
1.  "I will spend more time with my dog."  52%
 
According to the survey, 44% of pet parents say that having a dog brings a family closer together.  Whether it's taking Fido to a new dog park or adding a few minutes to your daily walk, you can easily increase quality time with your pup.
 
2.  "I will help my dog to have better health and wellness."  42%
 
In addition to plenty of play and exercise, consider providing your pup a daily vitamin supplement, such as Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins, which promote well-being, longevity and overall good health. 
 
3.  "I will take my dog on more trips with me."  34%
 
Taking your pup on vacation not only adds fun, but it also alleviates the worry of not knowing what's happening wth him while you're away. Be sure to bring his favorite toy or something he loves to keep him calm during travel. 
 
4.  "I will brush my dog's teeth regularly."  31%
 
Weary about brushing your canine's canines? Start a new daily routine and try a dental chew, such as Milk-Bone Brushing Chews -- which clean teeth, remove tartar and fight dreaded doggy breath. This daily dental treat also comes in a new 'Fresh Breath' flavor (in stores Feb. 2016) for an even tastier clean. 
 
5.  "I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements."  30%
 
Vitamins provide beneficial nutrients not found in regular dog food -- which is why it's a good idea for both of you to start the day off right with a daily vitamin supplement. Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins support your dog's immune system, brain, heart, and digestion. 
 
6.  "I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed."  29%
 
If you have a timid dog, the key to reducing his stress is by building his self confidence. Start by teaching him to respond to basic commands -- it will make him feel more comfortable in his environment. 
 
7.  "I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table."  25%
 
Every dog loves (and often begs for) tasty table scraps. Next year, resist the urge and provide tasty pet treats instead. These Milk-Bone treats are ones that not only taste good but are (actually) good for them. 
 
8.  "I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long."  23%
 
If you can't leave work early, consider providing a new furry companion for your pup.  Or perhaps you can arrange for a friend's dog to make a house call. 
 
9.  "I will help my pet lose weight."  21%
 
Just like us, some pups could stand to lose a few pounds. Next year, make Fido your accountability partner and commit both yourselves to eating healthier, along with plenty of play and exercise. 
 
10.  "I will take my dog to dog training class."  15%
 
Experts are experts for a reason. Accredited dog trainers have tons of experience in teaching both pets (and pet parents) positive reinforcement techniques that are safe and effective.
 

 
Helen's New Year's Resolution for 2016
 
Of all these resolutions, the one that resonates with me is #5, helping my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements.  According to the survey, 30% of dog parents do this... and I'd love to do this a lot more regularly.  Another that resonates with me is #4, brushing my dog's teeth regularly.  According to the survey, 40% of dog parents do this.  Again, this is an area where I need to step up my game.  
 
Of course, brushing your dog's teeth is one of those things that's a lot harder than it sounds.  Thanks to Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, however, I don't have to lift a finger.  (Well, maybe that's all I have to lift.)  Basically, the Brushing Chew does all the manual labor in keeping my pup's teeth clean and breath fresh.  Double win!
 
Readers, what resolution are you planning to make for you and your dog in 2016?

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One person will win an assortment of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews and Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treats.
 
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70 comments:

Cheryl said...

I'm most likely to go with "I will help my dog to have better health and wellness."

jakiesmom said...

I will not feed my dog from the dinner table

alissa apel said...

Number one with be the one.

Candice said...

I will follow through with #9 - I will help my pet lose weight. We have done better lately, but I want to get my dog a little more in shape.

Maria Gagliano said...

I would follow through with NOT feeding my dog from the dinner table. It is so bad for them.

bison61 said...

I will brush my dog's teeth regularly

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Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I'd follow - I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.
Jennifer Rote

Melissa Miller said...

"I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long" this is one we need to work on because we spend a lot of time at kids activities and sports. Tis includes out of town for weekends.

Klydra Pugh said...

Take the dog on more trips with me
Thanks for the chance

michele376 said...

I will take my dog on more trips. We need to plan trips where she can go with us.

janetfaye said...

I will go with: 7. "I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table

AiringMyLaundry said...

Nice. I don't have a dog :) I'm more of a cat person.

Anne said...

Our dog Otis could use a boost from Resolution #6. He can get stressed but doesn't show it, and I want to help him understand that everything's okay and he doesn't need to worry so much.

CindyWindy2003 said...

I will help my dog get more vitamins and nutrients.

John & Pam Collins said...

I will help my dog lose weight.

steve weber said...

I will brush my dog's teeth regularly

imbigwillie said...

I will take my dog on more trips with me.

Synaptrix777 said...

This year we'll be putting special attention to #4 - "I will brush my dog's teeth regularly." We haven't been great at this so it's important to make it a routine.
ALONA Y.

Sue Hull said...

My daughter will not feed the dogs from the table.Im always telling her to stop giving them people food.Thank you for the chance :)

Sue Hull said...

My daughter will not feed the dogs from the table.Im always telling her to stop giving them people food.Thank you for the chance :)

Daniel Scott said...

Artie dog and I are going on even more adventures this year. This Saturday we are going to be running a .5 K fun run.

Shelly Leatham said...

I'm going with...I will help my dog to have better health and wellness.

Elena said...

#3 I will take my dogs on more trips with me

Shemp DeYoung said...

9. "I will help my pet lose weight."

Rebecca Orr said...

Spend more time with my dog. I am staying with my mom for awhile so I want to spend more time with her dog so she gets plenty of play time.

Kelly Tupick said...

I am going with #9 this year. I will help my pet lose weight. She is over weight and i really need to work on this for her health. I want her around for many more years.

Ty Beth said...

#1 which is to start sled training her this year for the end of the year.

MamaStace said...

I am most like to go through with not leaving her at home for as long. She has been behaving better and I think I could start bringing her with us more often!

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Isaiahsmom said...

I will spend more time giving my dog affection and go on more walks this year to help my dog and me lose a few pounds.

Charlene S. said...

7. "I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table."
That is so hard to do, but I'm gonna try.

Mary Cloud said...

#1 - I will spend more time with my dog - I stay super busy but I'll definitely try.

Renee said...

I will not feed my cat from the dinner table. I can't stand a pet that begs for food while you are eating or steals food from your unsuspecting kids at dinner time!

Kena Bee said...

"I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long" is mine. I really want to work on this one, because I live in a apartment at school, and I really hate having to leave her in her crate anytime I have to leave. I'm also planning on moving soon and hopefully she can have her own backyard soon.

Brenda White said...

I would have to say brush Lucy's teeth.

wen budro said...

I'm already doing most of the resolutions daily. One that I should do is to help my dog lose weight. I think that she does have an extra pound or two right now.

Laurie Nykaza said...

I will make sure I brush my 3 dog's teeth everyday!

Carly Daring said...

I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long! I try not to leave my lab alone for long but starting this week he will be going to doggy daycare two days a week when my husband and I have the same work hours. I am excited that he will get to play with other dogs.

Ashley Rexrode said...

I will take my dogs on more trips with me

Ally said...

Most of these are things we already do, which is great! We do need to work on making sure someone doesn't get fed from the dinner table. We don't, but we need to be more on top of dinner guests ;)

A Martin said...

I'll resolve #8 - "I won't leave my dog home alone for quite as long."

amy tolley (amylynn73) said...

i would go with i will not feed my dog at the dinner table

Pam Halligan said...

The resolution I am most likely to follow is not feeding my dog from the dinner table.

Breanne said...

I need to brush my dog's teeth regularly

Wanda Patterson said...

I must confess I'm terrible about this and I need to work on it badly. I will brush my dog's teeth regularly.

Dan D said...

I have a grand cat and a grand dog, no grandchildren yet. love them both

Ronda said...

I would say I will spend more time with my dog.

Burning Moon said...

I will spend more time with my dog - We are guilty of coming home from work and just wanting to relax vs playing with the dog.

Rebecca said...

I think 7. "I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table." 25%

Xty C said...

I would keep the brushing of the teeth

prettyinpink2904 said...

I will take my dog on more trips with me.

Crystal Rose said...

#9 is already done. My pets are a healthy weight. I just keep an eye on their bodies/figures. For the most part their weight doesn't change much.

Jeanna Johnson said...

I will brush my dog's teeth regularly!

Laura Lane said...

3

Nancy said...

I like Resolution # 1: I will spend more time with my dog.

Nancy
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Nancy Loring said...

I am going to have to go with I will not feed my dog from the dinner table. This happens to be a bad habit of mine.

Eve+Ash said...

I'm trying to make an effort to spend more quality time with my dogs.

Marissa M said...

Not feeding them from the dinner table!

Amanda Patterson said...

I will spend more time with my dog! I currently spend a lot of time with her already but I want to spend more time taking her out hiking!

KJ Skib said...

I am going to try my best to not feed my dog from the dinner table.

Deanna Watson said...

I promise that I will take my dog on more trips with me.

molly pitcher said...

I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table

Mike Bratek said...

Get my family to stop giving her table food!

Unknown said...

I will help my dog to have better health and wellness, especially since she's 13 years old now!

Helen Bush said...

My pug always eats with me, so definitely the dinner table one

Laurie Murley said...

my resolution is the "I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements."

Sara Filler said...

We won't leave our dog home alone as much.

Chelsea Santone said...

We won't leave our dogs home along as much is my resolution.

Melissa Storms said...

I really need to go with #7, those begging eyes get me at the dinner table and it is a really bad habit.

lilyk said...

1. "I will spend more time with my dog."

Jerry Marquardt said...

This is a very great way to keep the dogs on track. Thanks for sharing this article!