Guest Writer: The Best Ways To Be A Conscientious Dog Owner
Hey dog lovers!
A few weeks ago the very talented and passionate Aurora James reached out to me with an interesting proposal. After reading this Trulia article she was inspired by the concept that the biggest pet peeves among neighbors, were often caused by the pet themselves.
So Aurora was kind enough to write this guest piece for Bones and Blogs, highlighting a few ways to be a more conscientious dog owner, for your neighbors as well as others around you.
The Best Ways To Be A Conscientious Dog Owner
There are many types of dogs, and many different types of dog owners. Some treat their pets like members of the family, while others want a pet who can give comfort or assistance with daily activities. No matter what type of owner you are, it’s important to make sure you are conscientious about your dog and his behavior.
That means many different things, so let’s break it down. Not only do you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy, and safe at all times, you also need to think about how his actions will affect other people. If you have neighbors, your dog’s barking might keep their toddler awake during naptime, or he might not get along with their dog and try to get through the fence to show him who’s boss. Even if your neighbors have pets of their own, that doesn’t mean they’ll be completely understanding and loving towards your dog. Being conscientious also means breeding responsibly and spaying or neutering to prevent overpopulation of animals that might not have a home.
Keep reading for more tips on how to be the best pet owner you can be.
Give him the proper I.D.
Even if your dog stays indoors most of the time, it’s important to make sure he has the proper I.D. tag on his collar at all times. Keep it updated with your phone number and/or address to ensure that if he gets lost, he’ll make his way back to you. You might also consider having a microchip tracker implanted in your pet for extra safety.
Depending on the size of your dog and how much privacy you want, there are many different types of fencing you can get to keep your pet safe. Fencing will also keep him from wandering into someone else’s yard, which will help you score points with the neighbors. It costs around $1,643 - $3,857 to install a fence, depending on the size of the area and the type of materials you use.
Keep him healthy
As a pet owner, it’s imperative that you keep up with your dog’s vet appointments for checkups to prevent illness or aggregators like ticks, fleas, and worms. The latter is especially important, as they are easily spread to other animals. Talk to your vet about the best ways to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Train your dog
Even if your dog is well-behaved, it’s important to make sure you go over basic commands with him now and then to help them stay fresh in his mind. Things like learning not to jump up on visitors, waiting patiently for food, and not barking when he’s in the backyard will help you stay on your neighbor’s good side and will help your pup mind his manners when you have company over.
Take long walks
Most dogs have lots of energy, so it’s important to help them stay calm by allowing them to exercise as much as possible. Go for long walks after dinner, head to the park for playtime, and set up playdates at the dog park with a friend. This will help your pup become more social, which will help him be more at ease around new people.
Being a conscientious dog owner can be a big responsibility, and it’s important to take it seriously if you want your pet to be as happy and healthy as possible. Think of the best ways you can help him and talk to your family members so that everyone is on the same page.
- Aurora James
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you learned something :)
Also a HUGE thank you to our first ever guest writer, Aurora James! Thank you for being so caring and passionate to write such an informed piece! It's never to late to learn a thing or two about being a good dog parent or a good neighbor.