Tips for responsible dog ownership
By Heidi Ganahl
Thinking about adopting a dog? Or have one already? Here are six tips to help you on the road to responsible dog ownership!
- Sign your dog up for a training class. It is important to create a bond between you and your dog, as well as learn how to communicate with your dog. By teaching your dog commands, it will help you learn how to tell your dog what you want and don’t want in your household.
- Exercise your pup. Dogs that don’t receive enough exercise can resort to bad behaviors like chewing, digging and barking. Make sure your dog gets a brisk 30-minute walk a day to get his energy out.
- Purchase a microchip and ID tag. Make sure to get your dog microchipped and also have an ID tag with your contact information on your dog at all times. On average, 80-85 percent of dogs and 98 percent of cats that go missing will not return home, but proper ID tags and microchips help to increase the likelihood of a reunion with a lost pet.
- Research local veterinarians and schedule an appointment. Find a veterinarian and get your pup a check-up every six months. Preventative care will keep your dog healthier and will help keep medical costs down.
- Educate children on how to interact with your dog properly. If you have children, teach them the proper way to interact with your dog. Most dog bites occur with children younger than 12, so educating yourself, as well as your kids, on the proper way to be around their four-legged family member is a must.
- Give your pet lots of love and attention. Dogs love their humans, and it is important for them to spend time with you. Leaving a dog alone in the back yard or for extended periods of time is not healthy for them. If you work long hours, hire a dog walker to get your dog out during the day for some exercise and companionship.
Heidi Ganahl is the CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest and fastest growing pet care franchise and a INC 5000 company. For more information, visit campbowwow.com.