How to be a Responsible Pet Owner

We all think that our dogs are the best behaved, and cutest dogs we know. Turns out there’s a lot more to being a responsible pet owner than you think. We’re here to talk about what makes a good owner, and how to be the best owner for your pet.

A good Owner

Being a good owner encompasses a lot of things, like caring for your dog, giving them food, water and shelter. It also means you bring them to your Bend Veterinary Clinic when you need to, either when they’re sick or when they need routine checkups or shots, etc. Being a good owner also means that you get your pet spayed or neutered. This is important to prevent more puppies that need healthy homes, when there are already so many pets up for adoption.

You also need to get your pet microchipped or have good identification on them, to make sure they can always be identified if they get lost.

Be patient with your new pet or puppy. If you’ve just adopted them, it may take them a while to adjust to you and your home. Training a new puppy might take a while, so be sure that you can be patient with them.

A Happy Pet

One of the most important commitments you make when getting a dog, is to keep them exercised. You will need to find ways to keep them engaged and happy, by taking them on hikes, to the dog park, or simply playing with them at home. It’s also important to consider the space in which you’re planning to have your dog. Be sure you can make them comfortable in your home, even while you’re at work.

Sometimes training your dog can be a great way to help stimulate them, whether it’s you at home or in an obedience class. Remember to be patient with your pup, as sometimes they catch on, and sometimes it takes longer.

Choosing not to get a pet

Sometimes the way to be the best owner is to not get a pet. If the timing isn’t right, or you can’t afford a pet, it’s best not to get one. You want to have the right apartment, and be able to afford Bend Animal Clinic visits to keep your pet healthy. If you’re not ready, it’s the best choice not to get a pet.

Adopting a pet can be a 10 or more year commitment, and you need to be ready for that. It can be expensive to feed and care for a pet, and if you’re not financially ready it can be stressful for both you and your pet. It’s best to wait until you’re financially stable, and you have a home that the dog can feel comfortable in, not to mention a home where pets are allowed.

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