It's that time of year where you start to hear everyone's new years resolutions, and we don't know about you, but we prefer ours to be more dog related.
If you need some inspiration, take a look at some ideas to help increase bonding for you and your dog below:
Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier for a longer morning walk
It's harder to get up in the morning when the sun rises later and the heating hasn't quite caught up yet, but if you've found you've started to snooze your alarm resulting in shorter, quicker walks, why not set your alarm a little earlier and put it just that little bit further out of reach?
Having just that extra little time will mean you can spend it doing something you love with your dogs, and taking your time on your walk rather than rushing round, helping you to start the day off in a positive way!
Teach a new trick a month
Training your dogs are great for using their incredible brain power and it's a great way for you both to bond.
Why not set yourself a task to learn a new trick each month?
If you're stuck for ideas, why not take a look at some of the tricks our resident Dog Trainer Rosie @pawskillsdogtraining has broken down for you:
Four steps to teaching "pray":
Find a new walk
When things are busy, it's easy to opt for the "usual" walk, especially when our minds are too full to think of something new.
To try and combat this, why not spend just 30 minutes one evening writing down a list of your favourite walks and walks you'd like to try, and then popping them into a jar. When you can't think of what to do, you can simply select your walk for the day!
You could even make two separate jars; one with local walks and one which require more travelling time.
Switch your phone off at 8pm
During the festive season, it's difficult to switch off. With everything being available at the tip of our fingers and always being reachable, it can sometimes feel like you have to be available or should always be productive (or even mindless scrolling!), so why not try setting your phone to limit your actions after a certain time in the evening?
By setting a time on your phones to limit activity and notifications (take a look in your settings to allocate this), you can give yourself that much-needed rest and helping you enjoy more quality time with your dogs.