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Pet-Friendly Resolutions: Americans Want More Quality Time With Their Dog in 2016

According to the 2016 Milk-Bone Canine Resolutions Survey -- an original survey of 3,000 U.S. “pet parents” by Milk-Bone brand dog treats (in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights) -- more Americans than ever before have dog-related resolutions for the new year.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR PET PARENTS

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 essential vitamins and nutrients."  30%

6.  "I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed."  29%

7.  "I won’t feed my dog food from the dinner table."  25%

8.  "I won't leave my dog home alone for quite so long."  23%

9.  "I will help my pet lose weight."  21%

10.  "I will take my dog to dog training class."  15%

Because New Year’s Resolutions (and doggy “Ruff-olutions”) are easier said than done, the Milk-Bone study also fetched the top five most effective ways for both humans and canines to actually stick with their new year’s goals -- often by doing them together.

TOP 5 WAYS TO REALIZE HUMAN + CANINE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

1.  Have a ‘Resolutions Buddy’

Because dogs follow through with rituals even better than humans – 55% of dog parents say their dog helps them exercise more, for instance -- you can better stick to your personal health and wellness goals by including your “furry buddy” in them, too. 

2.  Say ‘Good Morning’

Since it’s easier to keep resolutions before you have other demands during the day, develop a morning routine that reinforces positive habits.  If you and your dog aren’t getting all of the important nutrients you need from regular meals, why not give yourself a morning vitamin and your dog a Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treat? 

3.  Create Nighttime Rituals

Because nighttime rituals help calm and relax both you and your dog before bed, try to stick with a regular sleepy-time routine that focuses on stress-reducing resolutions (like a soothing petting session while watching your favorite program).  I also like pet relaxation music streaming from youtube!

4.  Think Healthy Fun

Make important health-related resolutions way more fun by exercising outside with your dog or even brushing your teeth together (with the help of a Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Fresh Breath for your pup). 

5.  Give Yourself a Reward

Just like dogs love treats when they exhibit good behavior, make sure to regularly reward yourself and your dog with something pleasurable for following through on your resolutions.