Owning a pet is an amazing experience, but it also takes a lot of work. September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, so we thought this would be a great time to go over a few ways that you can participate the rest of the month. It can be easy to get caught up in everything else going on and let the small, but significant, things slips. Here are a few of our favorite ways to remain a responsible pet owner benefitting both your dog and the public:
Take Them for Regular Exams
Make sure your dog has it’s up-to-date vaccines and is being taken care of for any skin, dental, or health issues by visiting the vet for his/her annual exams. Treat your dog the way you would want to be treated and don’t skip out on appointments.
Maintain Healthy Weight
Even your dog cares about their weight….well they actually don’t but you definitely should! Make sure your pup maintains a good weight and is eating the right food to hopefully prevent any health issues from obesity or poor nutrition.
Give Them Exercise
Exercising not only helps with maintaining their weight but it also keeps them sharp and entertained. Plus, it’s fun playtime for the two of you!
Keep Up Their Training
Keeping up on your dog’s training makes them a better neighbor and citizen. No one likes to be around a poorly behaved animal, so keep your training up-to-date.
Have Proper Harness and Leash (and Keep Them On)
Keep your dog safe with an appropriate leash, collar, and harness. While you might not worry about them getting loose, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You never know what could happen. Plus, keeping them on leash makes others feel safer. People who are afraid of dogs can feel threaten by a roaming pup.
Pick Up After Your Dog
Nothing annoys your neighbors or just random bystanders more than not picking up after your dog. Make sure you always have baggies with you, so that you can clean up as you go.
Respect Your Neighbors
Don’t let your dog onto your neighbor’s property or into their house without their permission. Whether they like your dog or not, respecting their space just reminds them that you understand boundaries.
These are just a few ways that you can remain a responsible dog owner. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas below!