And the best part is it doesn't have to be difficult. By doing little things you can make a big difference in the life of your dog and you!
Here are just a few of our top 5 things you can do in 2012 to have a healthier, happier pup and help the environment at the same time!
Take a hike, literally!
Get out there and enjoy our great, green Earth! Taking a walk, or a hike, with your best bud is not only good for your dog's health, but good for yours too! It can also really help maintain your and your dog's weight and physical fitness, as well as help your dog with boredom related behavior issues.
Just be sure to avoid contaminated areas, like chemically treated golf courses, retention ponds that harbor lawn chemicals, contaminated rivers and streams in farming country; and stick with your local and national parks where chemicals and treatments are banned. Also during the winter take care to avoid salted roads and walkways, and take extra precautions when it's colder outside.
It will be healthier and safer for both of you!
Clean up your water.
Water is a very important element to a dog's life and to yours. So resolve this year to clean up your water.
Take the time to research drinking water filtering systems that take out the bad stuff; install a filtering system on your shower and dog bathing area; investigate ways you can treat your swimming pools without chlorine and other damaging chemicals; and install a water filter on your outside faucet.
By cleaning up your water your are minimizing the damaging chemicals in your life and your dog's, for a happier, healthier life.
Go organic and healthy for you and your environment.
Look for more organic options for your dog's diet and for yours! By minimizing the unneeded and unhealthy antibiotics and hormones from you and your dog's meats, as well as pesticides, herbicides and and insecticides from your shared fruits and vegetables you can eat the way food was meant to be eaten, wholesome, fresh, and real.
Real food is much healthier and can minimize disease!
Clean it up the healthy, safe way.
Make an effort to clean up the other chemicals in your home and environment, inside and outside!
Look into healthier cleaning options, organic lawn care and more to create a more healthy environment and minimize your and your dog's exposure to unnecessary and unhealthy chemicals.
Part of being a green dog, or even a green dog parent, is giving back to your environment, your community, to your friends and family, and to those in need.
Resolve to do something kind for someone each and every week - that's 52 acts of kindness and giving back! Just imagine if everyone in the World did something nice for someone just once a week, how it could build more community, and kindness and generosity in the World. In these tough times all people and animals need a little more help in their lives. So Paw it Forward!
These are just a few tips to help. You can visit our Learn to Be Green section an find more tips and information! We at Raise A Green Dog hope you have an amazingly healthy, green and happy 2012!
If you have ideas on how to make you and your dog's new year, healthier and greener, feel free to leave your thoughts in our comment section and share them with everyone!