2023 is officially upon us, and what better way to welcome the new year than by making resolutions with our Great Danes in mind? Whether you want to lose a few pounds, get more exercise, or find a new hobby, pets can be excellent motivators. So, setting a goal that you and your Dane can accomplish together might help you stick to those New Year’s resolutions. Here are four New Year’s resolutions that you and your Great Dane can pursue together:


By the age of three 80% of dogs will suffer from dental disease to some degree. This can lead to pain, inflammation, tooth loss, and expensive visits to the vet. The best way to protect your Dane from dental disease is with proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups.

Resolving to improve dental hygiene is a ‘great’ new year’s resolution that you and your Dane can make together. Resolve to brush your teeth twice per day and your Dane’s teeth daily. Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist and your vet so both of you can mitigate any potential dental issues. Regular brushing will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Now that’s something to smile about!


The last couple of years have impacted our ability to get out and do things and for many of us that meant more time on the couch. If you and your Dane have become couch potatoes, resolving to get out and exercise could do you both some good.

Resolve to take your Dane for a walk once (or twice) a day or make a point of going hiking, playing ball at the park, or taking a jog on the beach. There are plenty of things that you and your Dane can do together to get exercise and after a couple of weeks, your Dane will look forward to your outings. Nothing motivates us to get off the couch like a Great Dane insisting on going for a walk.


Despite popular belief, even old dogs can learn new tricks and spending time in training with your Great Dane is a healthy exercise for the both of you. With a little patience and some guidance, you can teach your Dane any number of new tricks and behaviors.

Studies show that time spent training sharpens the minds of the trainer and the trainee, and strengthens the bond between them. So, try teaching Fido a few new tricks this year and maybe resolve to learn a few of your own.


You don’t need to be Indiana Jones to be adventurous. A trip to a state or national park, hiking a new trail, or just a good old fashioned American road trip can make for a great adventure for you and your Dane. Just be sure to prepare before hitting the road and plan ahead to ensure your adventure goes smoothly.

Like learning new things together, shared adventures will strengthen your relationship and provide the both of you with memories worth cherishing. Don’t forget the camera and take as many pictures as possible. Browsing through them later will likely be enough to inspire another adventure.



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