Having a pet is a privilege, something 68% of Americans have. But while our furry best friends are cute and fun, do you know what it means to be a responsible pet owner?
Animals are living beings that rely on us for everything in their life. It’s a commitment we sign up for once we bring those cute little faces home.
And while responsible pet ownership isn’t a one size fits all deal, there are some basic things we need to provide.
Let’s look at several tips you can use to be responsible pet owners.
Ensuring our furry best friends stay safe is one of the top priorities of responsible pet ownership.
Pet fencing is ideal for keeping your animal safe while they’re outside. It keeps them from running into the street, confronting other animals, or from simply wandering away and getting lost.
While they’re indoors, pet-proof your house. Many of the items used for baby proofing can pet-proof, such as gates, baby locks, and outlet covers.
Animals need a lot of exercise, not only for their physical health but for their mental health as well.
Having a fenced yard will give your pet the freedom to run and play in the fresh air. You can throw them a ball, a frisbee, or let them run any built-up energy out by exploring the yard on their own.
They’ll also enjoy the stimulation of a walk or hike to someplace new.
And if they’re indoors, give them a puzzle toy to keep their minds occupied.
Part of responsible pet ownership is to make sure your animals are not causing any trouble for others.
If you allow your pet to wander free, they may get into trash cans, tear up your neighbor’s garden, or get into fights with other animals. Plus, you could be breaking leash and pet laws in your area.
Having the fenced yard will keep your pet close to home. They won’t be bothering your neighbors, which will keep the peace for everybody involved.
Socialization and Training
Socialization is a big part of responsible pet care. Socialized animals are better equipped to deal with new people and new circumstances. They’ll get along better with others, including other animals.
Play dates for your pet is a perfect way to use your fenced yard for socialization. The group will have an open area to play while still remaining safe in the confines of your yard.
Plus, obedience training will teach your dog how to behave around other animals. It will also ensure they behave around other people as well.
Health and Nutrition
Keeping your pet healthy is vital to a long, happy life. Part of responsible pet ownership is making sure they get the nutrition and vet checks needed.
Read the labels of their food. High-quality pet food will keep your animal healthy and within a normal weight range.
And make regular checkups with the vet. Immunizations, spay/neutering, and physicals are all a part of keeping your best friend in tip-top shape.
Take Care of Your Furry Friend with Responsible Pet Ownership
We love our pets and want them to be happy. By using these responsible pet ownership tips, you’ll ensure your best friend lives their best life possible.
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