Dog Resolutions for Humans

Credit: Taylah Stiles (Flickr)

Credit: Taylah Stiles (Flickr)

The impending arrival of the New Year brings the inevitable list of resolutions: We vow to lose weight (no more snacking in front of the tv), clean out the garage (and keep it that way), start an exercise program and really stick to it, this time!

We’re all familiar with the promises we make to improve ourselves this new year.


But how may we improve ourselves as pet owners? What new year’s resolutions should dog owners consider? We can learn a lot from our dogs, and here are 20 resolutions that we can, and perhaps should, consider for ourselves:


1. Take Care of Your Human

2.      Take a daily walk; listen to the birds.
3.      Play every chance you get, and leave your worries behind
4.      Be the best you can be, loyal and faithful
5.      Always drink plenty of water
6.      When someone is troubled, don’t bark. Just cuddle up, sit close and listen
7.      Keep digging until you find what you want

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8. Pull your own weight, or more, if possible.

9.      Live in the moment
10.    Even if you’re on a diet, eat with gusto!
11.    Avoid biting when a growl will do
12.    Accept all life’s treats with gratitude
13.    Take time for napping.
14.    Find a soulmate at your local shelter
15.    Watch and learn new tricks
16.    Show you’re happy; wag your tail often and with exuberance!
17.    Be more selective in crotch sniffing endeavors

18.  Help Others Whenever You Can

18. Help Others Whenever You Can

19.    Send happy vibes into the universe
20.    I will not break wind under the dinner table, even if there is a cat around to blame

Happy New Year to all our faithful readers and a very special WELCOME to our new ones!


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9 Responses to Dog Resolutions for Humans

  1. Gloria Yarina January 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Wow! Great videos, really fun blog and right on target.

  2. Mary E. Trimble January 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I’ll share this marvelous list with my chocolate lab, Toby. He already does some of those wonderful things, but I’m hoping he’ll find even more. I love the short videos, especially the dog helping the pup out of the pool.

    We were amazed once when throwing a ball into the water for Toby. He never tires of that game. This particular day we were at a boat launch. There was a dock along side of it. Bruce threw the ball and rather than plunging into the water from shore as he had done several times, Toby looked at that dock and ran the length of it and jumped into the water from there. He continued doing that for the next several throws.

  3. Noman W Wilson January 7, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Love the videos and the list. I really endorese number 3.

  4. Susan Duncan January 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    I love the videos and the resolutions (which should apply to all of us). Happy New Year, Patricia.

  5. Suzanne Wilson January 7, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Fun post and lots of good suggestions!

  6. Bill Thorn January 7, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    These are a good outline for living. I hereby resolve to adopt all 20 of these resolutions for 2015 for myself (with special emphasis on several of them).


  7. Patti Cole January 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    I loved the videos especially the dogs in the pool.

  8. Hemlata Vasavada January 8, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Patricia, what wonderful New Year’s resolutions. They are simple and practical. The videos of loyal dogs made me smile.

  9. Marie Grime January 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Aww! The movies are absolutely darling! Wish people were as great as dogs.

    Got to send this one to my son. His plott hound Bodie needs #17. Thanks for a great year.

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