The pandemic has definitely taken its toll on people and animals, alike. Being around us more often during this unprecedented time, our pets are now picking up on our behaviors. as well.
"They definitely take on our characteristics and our energy, they read our thoughts, dogs are really good at that," said Katherine Andrews, owner of animalpsychologycenter.com.
Many pet owners have reported weight gain, and that their pets have gained weight in correlation to their own. With the start of the new year, it's a great time to get motivated and re-focused on our health, and doing it with your furry friend makes it all the more fun and worthwhile.
Once your new routine is established, your pet may actually start to hold you accountable.
"Once it becomes a routine, your dog’s not going to let you stop that routine because they are going to be sitting by the door, staring you down, and one of the things that’s great about dogs is that they are creatures of habit just like us, and when you start something with them they are going to be pretty persistent," said Andrews.