How to Be The Best Pet Parent
As a dog owner, you want to do the very best to be the ideal pet parent. Just like parenting children, it is easy to fall into habits that may seem to make life easier but that actually create more challenges for your dog.
Becoming a great pet parent is all about focusing on the small stuff. It is in the details of how we interact with our dogs on a daily basis that helps build the relationship and create well-socialized and well-behaved dogs that are welcome wherever you may go.
Dogs love to be spontaneous, including extra walks or a pet parent who wants to play ball or sit and cuddle. However, routines are also helpful for dogs, particularly dogs that may be anxious or stressed.
Setting routines around feeding, grooming, and exercise helps with everything from housetraining to knowing what to expect on a daily basis. Dogs and dog owners that are in routines for basic issues such as grooming, feeding, and exercise are also less likely to overlook issues or skip or miss these essential care issues.
- Teach your pup to respond to your verbal commands under distraction
- Maintain a dog’s positive behaviors and training, and even improve over time
- Ensure the training actually “sticks” through ongoing support and coaching
Increase Exercise and Activity
It can be easy to fall into the trap of assuming a dog will self-exercise. While some dogs are more active when left alone than others, most are couch potatoes at heart.
Increasing the activity and exercise levels for your dog, even by a few minutes a day, will have health and wellness benefits for your pet. It is even better if you can reduce the alone time for the dog and build in regular socialization.
Our DogiZone daycare services are an ideal solution. This is a great time for your dog to stay active, play with other dogs, and enjoy romping with our staff. We offer different groups for dogs of all sizes and with different playstyles while also ensuring a safe playtime for all dogs.
Regular Vet Visits
For healthy dogs, visits to a vet every six months are typically recommended. Puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with health issues may require more frequent visits. Regular visits to the vet help keep your dog in top health while also providing early detection if there are any possible issues or concerns.
Be sure to maintain your dog’s vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, and to also have your pet spayed or neutered.
Dogs, just like people, love to have fun. Dogs and their pet parents bond through spending time together, learning new things in obedience work, and in daily interactions such as grooming, walking, playing, and just enjoying time with each other.
Don’t forget, great pet parents also feed their dogs quality foods, provide healthy rewards, and also indulge their four-legged friends with some fun toys and special treats just because they care.