There is much to being a good dog owner, and you can’t just get a dog and hope for the best. You should do some research before you even get a dog, and remember that being a good dog owner means being a responsible one. That means preventative care, veterinary visits, and having time to spend making sure your dog is loved and getting the exercise they need.
If you want to be a good and responsible dog owner you want to make sure that you can put in what needs to be in order to make sure that your dog has a good life. If you give them any less then you shouldn’t have them.
Getting Proper Veterinary Care
Dogs need veterinary care, from the time they are born until the time they pass. First of all, research the life expectancy of the breed you are looking into, and realise that all dogs are going to be with you for around a decade. If you can’t give them that time then don’t get one.
Veterinary appointments aren’t always cheap, so you need to have money in order to be a dog owner. To prevent unwanted puppies you need to get your dog spayed or neutered, and they will need vaccinations for different pet diseases. And if they hurt themselves then you have even more bills to pay!
Training Is Important
Your commitment to your dog includes making sure they are properly trained, which is about far more than just teaching them to sit and stay. If your dog is an energetic one you may want to get obedience training. It’s important your dog knows how to behave properly around other people and other animals, and if they don’t you need to deal with it.
Different breeds of dogs may need different types of training. Some dogs are naturally more aggressive than other breeds are. Take some time to research the temperament of the breed you are considering. And don’t assume that a breed with a bad rap is all bad, you may be missing out on a very loyal breed.
Give Them Love
Giving your dog love means making sure that they are being fed properly, getting exercise to stay healthy, and getting your attention. Dogs thrive on human love and companionship and if yours isn’t getting enough you may find they start to do things to get attention, like eating your shoes.
You don’t have to buy them the most expensive food, a rhinestone collar, and a new Halloween costume each year, but you do need to snuggle with them, give them kisses, and play fetch with them at least every once in awhile. Dogs don’t ask for much, but they need food, a warm place to stay, and lots of love.