It’s always a good idea to look for ways we can be better, more responsible pet owners and find out how we can improve how we take care of our furbabies. You never stop learning, after all! People can go to school for years and years and years, and still not know everything there is to know about how to care for pets! Since May is National Pet Guardian Month, this is the perfect time to go over some ways we can step up our games as responsible pet owners and ensure that we’re doing everything in our power to keep our precious furbabies happy and healthy.
What Is National Pet Guardian Month?
In Defense Of Animals, an animal welfare organization, has designated May as National Animal Guardian Month, so that people can pay more attention to how they treat their pets and be more mindful of their responsibilities as a pet owner. This is the ideal time to focus on how we care for our furbabies and how we can improve in order to ensure that they’re receiving the best care possible.
What You Can Do To Be A Responsible Pet Owner
So, you love your furbaby. You want to ensure they’re living the best life possible, and there’s always something everyone can do to make their pup’s life that much better. If you’re wondering what you can do to improve your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health in order to be an even better pet owner, look no further. Here are some steps you can take to be a more responsible pet owner.
#1. Balance Their Training
If your pup does something bad, naturally, you want to let them know that that’s not okay. Part of being a responsible pet owner is not letting your dog develop any bad habits, both to ensure that no behavioral issues develop and to keep everyone safe, your pupper included.
This is because you want to change the way your puppy is behaving, right? This can be done by using a balanced training approach. You want to reward them when they do something well, but you also want there to be consequences for bad behavior. A dog trainer can help you with balancing their training.
#2. Ensure They Have Plenty Of Mental And Physical Stimulation
Nobody likes being cooped up all day with nothing to do. It’s so boring, and can end up making your furbaby sad or cause them to get into trouble as they try to find something to keep themselves busy with. An excellent way to be a more responsible pet owner is to ensure that your furbaby has a nice balance of both mental and physical stimulation.
You can give them physical stimulation by taking them on walks and playing fetch. You can give them mental stimulation by getting them one of those treat toys where your pup has to figure out how they get that treat.
#3. Stay On Top Of Their Medical Care
Staying on top of our pets’ medical care is a key component of being a responsible pet owner. In addition to their regular check-ups and shops, it’s always a good idea to consult with your pet and see if there’s anything more you should be doing as a pet owner. For instance, medical conditions can develop over time, and that can cause your pup to need more medical care. If they get fleas and ticks, you’ll want to ensure that you’re applying the medication.
If ever you’re unsure of if you’re doing everything you need to as a pet owner, it’s always a good idea to talk to your vet about your thoughts and concerns, as they’ll be able to provide you with personalized advice.
#4. Be Open To Learning
Another way you can be a responsible pet owner is to be open to learning. Nobody knows it all, after all! Educating yourself about your dog and how to care for them not only helps you learn, but it also can improve your bond with your furbaby, as it allows you to understand them even better.
These are but 4 ways you can be a responsible pet owner. Little Teton Doodles thanks you for taking the time to read up on how to be an even more responsible pet owner! It truly shows how much you love and care for your pet that you seek to learn. If you have any questions or would like to learn some more about other ways you can improve as a pet owner, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!