Monday, February 17, 2014

Tips on Being a Responsible Pet Owner

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.

Here are some essential tips on being the best pet owner you can be:

  • Think first- For example, recognize the commitment, evaluate your lifestyle, make a list, choose a breed, get a good breeder referral, contact some breeders in your area.

  • Make the Commitment- pick your pet after you have researched the type of breed you want your pet to be, including their health risks. 

  • Get Ready- Dog proof your home, make a schedule for you and your pet, buy some toys, a collar, contact your Veterinarian!

  • Bring Your Dog Home- Housetrain, set house rules, name your dog, let your dog adjust, keep your dog healthy.

  •  Be a Friend- Play! Go on Walks, Talk to your dog, Give treats, Love your dog, give your time, leave the radio on, plan activities with your dog, give a massage, make that tail wag, go on trips, etc.


  1. This was such a fantastic article that every pet owner should consider! One thing that I've found is already planning out the closest veterinary clinic to go to when there's an emergency. That way you can be sure to get your dog there as soon as possible when an accident happens.
    Celine |

  2. It's definitely important to make sure that you dog proof your home before you actually get a dog. You wouldn't want to come home to a huge mess, or to find out that they got into something that made them sick. It shouldn't be too difficult to at least move things around to other areas of the home that you can lock up until you can find a better place for it all.