According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. It’s a time for action, adventures, and new starts. Is there a lifestyle change that you’ve always wanted to make? 2018 is the year to do it!

If Western astrology is more your speed, we’ve got predictions for what your pet can expect in the New Year.

Don’t know your pet’s astrological sign? Just refer to their date of birth.

What do the stars have in store for your pet this year? Keep reading to find out!

Aries (March 21 – April 20)

These pets love to lead. They have a tendency to be territorial, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like affection. Show an Aries pet some love and they’ll be happy to give some love back.  

2018 will be a year of making decisions and seizing opportunities. So give your pet the go ahead to chase that squirrel or dig up that bone they’ve been saving!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus pets love to sit back, relax, and enjoy life. Some may even call them lazy. Good food and good music are two of their favourite pastimes.

The New Year will be peaceful and restful for the Taurus pet. Don’t be surprised if your furry friends treat themselves to a well-deserved nap whenever the opportunity presents itself! 

Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

What’s the best way to describe Gemini pets? Boundlessly energetic. Their curiosity makes them fast learners, but it’s also what can get them into trouble.

Geminis won’t slow down in 2018 and for good reason. Rewards are on their way! Your pet certainly won’t complain about the large quantity of treats they’ll inherit over the course of the year. 

Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Known for their sensitivity, pets born under the Cancer sign are true friends to humans and animals alike. Their timid nature makes them unlikely to start a fight, but they can be highly emotional. Nothing makes them happier than spending quality time with their humans.

These pets will have a lot of success in their relationships in the New Year. Keep an eye out at the local pet day care or dog park. Your pet may find their soul mate!

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leos are natural born leaders and enjoy looking after their pack. Their pride may also be seen arrogance. That being said, they are still friendly and loyal creatures.

Training may be a challenge in the first part of 2018, but luckily your pet will become more optimistic about their prospects as the year comes to a close. Keep at it!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgos value cleanliness. They like to keep a clean and tidy appearance at all times. While some pets hate bath time, Virgos jump at the chance to gussy up. However, this also makes them quite demanding.

2018 will be a busy year. It will be easy to get distracted by a passing squirrel, but Virgos should keep their eyes on the prize (hopefully it’s a brand new chew toy!).

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libras love attention and will do anything to get it. They will happily get along with their fellow furry siblings. Their indecisiveness will require patience from their owners.

The New Year will be the perfect time for Libras to take some time for themselves. If there’s a trick or command that your pet has been struggling with, they won’t just get a good grasp on it. They’ll master it. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

If you need an evening of entertainment, look no further than the charming Scorpio pet. They don’t crave attention like the other signs of the zodiac do because they tend to have a high opinion of themselves. Don’t worry. Underneath that tough exterior is an affectionate and loving companion.

2018 will be a blast for the Scorpio! An unexpected toy will enter their life and quickly become a new favourite. 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius pets always have time for fun! These pleasure-seeking pets have been known to have a lot of energy. It might be this zest for life that contributes to their clumsiness.

If you thought your Sagittarius was energetic in 2017, just wait until you see what the New Year has in store! Your pet will be challenged, but also rewarded throughout the year. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Ah, the wise Capricorn. They are obedient and happily so. At the same time, they can also be quite stubborn. Need your sleepy Capricorn to follow you into the next room? Good luck with that.

Your pet will take on the role of teacher in 2018. Spend some extra quality time with them. You may be surprised by what you learn!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Naturally, these pets enjoy being in and around the water. They are also highly intelligent and very attuned to the needs of their humans. Training can be a challenge due to their stubborn streak.

Does your Aquarius have trouble playing nice with the mailman? 2018 may be the year that these two rivals finally patch things up.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

If you find predictability boring, then you’ll find a good friend in the Pisces pet! Though prone to sudden mood changes and unpredictability, these animals really do aim to please. A Pisces is a friend for life.

The Pisces pet won’t let their exercise routine slip in the New Year. An extra long walk around the block will prove especially lucky! 

If your dog or cat’s behaviour ever has you stumped, the answers may be found in the stars! Just remember, these predictions are for entertainment purposes only so don’t put too much stock in them. Happy New Year!