I gotta say, it has never crossed my mind to make a New Year's resolution for my dog. Heck I don't even make them for myself.

According to a survey by Wild Earth, Minnesotan's make resolutions for their four-legged friends more than pet owners from any other state. I'm not sure it that makes us super-animal-lovers or a little crazy (or both).

44% of U.S. dog owners said they plan on making a New Year's resolution related to improving their pet's health.

Top Dog Resolution Facts for 2020

  • Roughly 41% of U.S. pet parents say their top-dog New Year resolution is to take their pups for more walks.
  • The second most popular resolution is to feed their dog higher-quality treats and food.
  • 65% of U.S. dog owners do not think they walk their dog enough each week.
  • About 20% of U.S. dog owners said they think their dog is at an unhealthy weight.
  • 77% of all pet parents plan on including their dogs in their own fitness-related New Year's resolution activities.

The top five states where dog owners said they want their pets to be healthier in 2020 are:

  1. Massachusetts — 69%
  2. Nebraska — 67%
  3. Washington — 64%
  4. Minnesota — 59%
  5. New Mexico — 57%

Does the dog get a say in any of this? I mean we're just making resolutions for them, and say, 'here you go.' What if things were turned around? What resolutions would your dog make for you?

Pete Hanson is on 98.1 Minnesota's New Country weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:00.

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