By Kim Salerno, CEO/Founder TripsWithPets, Inc.
As we leap into a new year, pet parents across the U.S. are setting their sights on pawsome resolutions to ensure their furry companions lead happy, healthy, and tail-wagging lives. TripsWithPets.com surveyed dedicated pet moms and dads to discover their top resolutions for 2024, and the results are in! From health and wellness check-ups to socialization adventures, here’s a glimpse into what the pet-loving community has in store for their four-legged family members.
1. Health and Wellness Check-ups (22%)
The leading resolution for 22% of respondents is prioritizing their furry companions’ health. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, and tailored exercise routines top the list. It’s a resounding commitment to ensuring their pets live their best, healthiest lives.
2. Socialization Adventures (20%)
Coming in close behind, at 20%, is the resolution to embark on socialization adventures. Dog parents in particular are recognizing the importance of positive interactions with other pups and humans. From group walks or hikes to meet-ups with other dogs and their people, these adventures are geared toward fostering a sense of community for both dogs and their devoted owners.
3. Plan a Pet-Friendly Road Trip/Explore New Destinations (19%)
Pet-friendly road trips and exploring new destinations secured the third spot, with 19% of respondents eager to hit the open road with their four-legged co-pilots. From charming countryside retreats to beachfront getaways, pet parents are seeking out new experiences that cater to their furry friends.
4. Bonding and Quality Time (16%)
In the fourth position, 16% of respondents are resolved to deepen the bond with their furry family members through dedicated quality time. Whether it’s trying out new activities together, creating a cozy corner at home, or simply enjoying some quiet cuddles, pet parents are making a conscious effort to strengthen their connection with their pets.
5. Mental Stimulation and Enrichment (9%)
Recognizing the importance of mental well-being, 9% of respondents are focusing on mental stimulation and enrichment for their pets. New toys, puzzles, and interactive activities are on the agenda, ensuring their pets stay mentally sharp and engaged in the coming year.
While the top five resolutions took center stage, other noteworthy resolutions mentioned by the respondents include:
- Grooming & Hygiene: A commitment to regular grooming routines, including brushing, bathing, and overall hygiene.
- Obedience Training: A dedication to reinforcing basic commands and behaviors, fostering a harmonious relationship between pet and owner.
- Update Safety Measures: An emphasis on safety measures, including checking microchips, updating ID tags, installing in-home cameras, and ensuring outdoor spaces are secure.
As we embark on this pawsome journey into 2024, it’s heartening to see the unwavering dedication of pet parents to the well-being and happiness of their beloved fur babies. Each resolution is a testament to the strong bond and commitment shared between humans and their furry companions. Here’s to a year filled with wagging tails, wet noses, and endless adventures with our four-legged family members!