10 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Our Dachshunds Health and Happiness, According to Experts

The start of the new year is almost here, and it’s time to make some resolutions. Many are contemplating the usual — more exercise, less stress, more sleep – to help make healthier choices in the coming year.

But what about helping our dogs also get started on the right paw? Loyal friend, emotional support, constant companion and a reliable source of deep belly laughs, our dogs could also benefit from some improvements to their wellness practices.

We asked professional canine experts – including veterinarians, trainers, and dog behaviorists — their suggestions to help our dogs have a happier, healthier life in the coming year.

Below are 10 New Year’s resolutions for your best friend:

1. Stay on Top of Wellness Checkups

“Check-up visits with the veterinarian are important for early disease diagnosis,” says Dr. Jennifer Granick, a board-certified small animal veterinary internist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota. While veterinarians use physical examination and/or routine testing to detect the red flags of disease before a dog has any clinical signs, she says, they also rely on owners to provide information on subtle changes in behavior that can be signs of a problem. Changes in appetite, sleep, mobility, and even personality can indicate a medical issue.