Whether you are thinking about getting a pet, or already own a furry friend, these tips for responsible pet ownership will keep them safe.
There have only been a few years in my life when we have not had a pet.
They become part of our family, and we do our very best to be responsible pet owners.
One of the great things about a family is we each have things we are better at doing, and we apply these “betters” into caring for the family pet.
Right now, our pet is Bailey Mae.
She has been ours since she was eight weeks old.
She, then, looked like this:
Now two and a half, she is our joy.
She cares for each of us so unconditionally.
If someone is sick, she will not leave their side.
If we walk through the door, we are the best thing she has ever seen.
When it comes to introducing a new pet to the family, not everyone knows the proper steps to take.
From choosing the right veterinarian to finding the right training class, knowing how to prepare for your new pet will ease stress and promote responsible pet ownership.
Heidi Ganahl, CEO, and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest and fastest-growing pet care franchise, and INC 5000 company, has provided helpful tips on how to become a responsible pet owner.
6 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership
Sign your dog up for a training class –
It is important to create a bond with you and your dog, as well as learn how to communicate with your dog.
By teaching your dog commands, it will help you learn how to tell your dog what you want and don’t want them to do in your household.
Exercise your pup –
Dogs that don’t receive enough exercise can resort to bad behaviors like chewing, digging, and barking.
Make sure your dog gets a brisk 30-minute walk a day to get their energy out.
Purchase a microchip and ID tag –
Make sure to get them microchipped and also have an ID tag with your contact information on them at all times.
On average, 80-85% of dogs and 98% of cats that go missing will not return home, but proper ID tags and microchips help to increase the likelihood of a reunion with a lost pet.
Research local veterinarians and schedule an appointment –
Find a veterinarian and get your pup a check-up every six months.
Preventative care will keep your dog healthier and will help keep medical costs down.
Educate children on how to interact with your dog properly –
If you have children, teach them the proper way to interact with your dog.
Most dog bites occur with kids under 12 years old, so educating yourself, as well as your kids, on the proper way to be around their four-legged family member is a must.
Give your pet lots of love and attention–
Dogs love their humans, and they need to spend time with you.
Leaving a dog alone in the back yard or for extended periods is not healthy for them.
If you work long hours, hire a dog walker to get your dog out during the day for some exercise and companionship.