The United States observes Responsible Dog Ownership Day on the third Saturday of September, which falls on September 17 this year. Responsible Dog Ownership Day was created to remind all pet owners to keep their commitments to their forever companions and to get them to pause and remember them. This day falls in the middle of the month-long campaign for responsible dog ownership.
We all aspire to be the greatest pet parents we can be and to assist you to get a few more puppy kisses, we are here with some useful tips to remember when getting a new dog or caring for your current four-legged family member.
Top 5 Ways To Be A Responsible Pet Parent
1. Common Veterinary Visits
It’s essential to establish and maintain a regular routine with your veterinarian, regardless of whether you’re preparing to adopt a dog or have a dog for months/years. Like with a child, you should take your puppy to the vet on a frequent basis to make sure he or she is growing and maturing into a healthy dog. The immunization schedule for your dog is also determined by the vet. Having all of your dog’s shots up to date lets them stay healthy and try new things.
2. Grooming & Spa
Maintaining your dog’s coat, skin, nails, and teeth will keep them comfortable and clean. A dog may experience physical discomfort if their nails grow too long or if their fur becomes overly matted and knotted. It makes sense that humans would want to brush their hair daily and keep their nails short to ensure comfort.
A dog is the same. Regularly spend a few minutes grooming your dog and measuring the length of their nails. And when was the last time you gave your dog a dental cleaning? A dog’s general health is intimately correlated with the condition of its teeth.
A dog can chew on toys, bones, and other objects to keep their teeth clean, or a vet may advise having their teeth cleaned. All dogs want to feel their best, and maintaining good grooming habits will assist to keep your dog happy and healthy.
In the event that you become separated from your dog, a microchip is an easy way to keep them safe. When dogs are young, they typically have a microchip implanted. If your dog is able to get away from you, anyone who finds them and takes them to the vet will find out you are their owner and are searching for them. In the event of an emergency escape, this straightforward procedure can save your dog and make it easy for you to get them back to you. Check your dog’s registration to make sure all the details are correct and up to date.
4. Basic Instruction/Training
An excellent approach to show your dog you care about them is by training or instructing them in a polite manner. Sit, stay, down, and come are all excellent choices that offer your dog a mission or assignment to do at that same moment.
Additionally, these instructions make it simpler to take them on various outings in public. It’s crucial to educate your dog about its name as well. Your dog is more likely to follow you when you call their name if they are walking with you to the garage and you need them to enter.
The same may hold true if your dog unintentionally escapes through your front entrance. It will be simpler to quickly and safely bring them back to you if they know their name. Make sure you consistently emphasize these fundamental instructions.
5. Exercising and Playing
To maintain healthy mobility, health, and mental wellness, dogs require regular playtime and exercise. Dogs that don’t receive enough playing or exercise are more likely to pick up undesirable habits and behave badly, such as barking, chewing, or engaging in other destructive activities.
Take your dog for walks around the neighborhood, play games of fetch with him, or give brain games to engage him. Just because dogs need both mental and physical exercise, it is important to keep them engaged with physical and mental activities.
The Bottom Line
Although dogs play a significant role in our lives, dog owners are their entire existence! Being a responsible dog owner is essential to your pet’s well-being. Keep in mind these few helpful tips to be a responsible pet owner as you celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day. And don’t forget to share this post on your social media platforms to let everyone know you are a Responsible Pet Owner.