Did you know that this month is Responsible Pet Owner month? Are you a responsible pet owner? I hope so! This month is a good reminder to keep us all on our toes when it comes to our dogs because they are important too! We should be a responsible dog owner throughout the year. You can also encourage your family and friends to be responsible dog owners as well with 5 tips on being a responsible dog owner below.
Love Your Dog!
I could just end the list here right? I mean if you love your dog then you’re going to be a responsible dog owner automatically. Loving your dog means doing everything in your power to make sure your dog has a good and healthy life so that he can spend as many years on this earth with you as possible! Dogs have a heart and they love the young and the old. They love hard so love them back just as hard. You should love your dog just as much as when he was a cute little puppy all the way up until he’s an older and handsome dog. Simple enough right?
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Take Your Dog to the Vet
If you’re a new dog owner make sure you take your dog to the vet so that he can get all the proper shots he needs. Also get to know your Dog’s vet. Ask your vet any questions or concerns that you may have. Your vet can give you plenty of recommendations like the type of food your dog should eat, how much he should eat, how much he should weigh, how to keep your dog healthy and more. The vet is going to be your best source of information so make sure you are using this resource! Be responsible and take your dog to the vet at least once a year for his yearly check up. Yes, your dog needs a yearly check up just like you! And if you see that your dog is not acting normal or he is showing signs of being sick like constant vomiting please take your dog to the vet to see what’s wrong. You can never be too careful!
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Your dog’s teeth are important. You definitely want to keep those teeth pearly white! Nobody wants to smell bad doggie breath right? Keep that dog breath smelling minty fresh. There are plenty of ways to keep your dog’s teeth and breath in awesome shape. You can brush your dog’s teeth yourself and also give him dog dental treats. If you’re not comfortable brushing your dog’s teeth you can take him to get his teeth cleaned by a professional. Either way, keeping your dog’s teeth clean is a must! Did you know that your dog can get other health problems as well in other parts of the body from not brushing or caring for his teeth on a regular basis? Click here to view my previous post on caring for your dog’s teeth for some pointers!
Work Out with Your Dog
Let your dog enjoy the great outdoors. Take him for a walk around the neighborhood daily. Go for a run in the park. Meet up with a friend who owns a dog as well and let the dogs run around and play. Adventurous? Go hiking with your dog. Ready for Spring and Summer to go swimming? Take your dog! You can also train your dog. Training your dog is a very important part of being a responsible dog owner and goes along with working out with your dog. Your dog should listen to your commands and be well behaved when around other dogs and people. There are plenty of ways to work out with your dog and keep them in tip top shape right along with you. It’s also fun and you’re spending quality time with your dog while they are staying fit and learning as well.
Scoop that Poop!
Some people really don’t scoop up their dog’s poop…how rude! If you’re taking your dog out to do their business or you’re simply taking him out to play or for a walk please scoop that poop! Nobody wants to see dog poop everywhere or step in it…yikes! Carry dog waste bags with you whenever you take your dog outside so that way you have no excuse. Always, always, ALWAYS pick up after your dog. Dog poop is toxic and can be a serious problem if it’s not picked up. It’s very important to pick up after your dog and there’s even a Scoop that Poop campagin for this reason! Check out the campaign by clicking here and spread the word to others about scooping that poop so they can be responsible just like you.
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How are you a responsible pet owner? What are some other ways that you can be a responsible pet owner? Share in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.