September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, but a good dog owner always makes sure that his or her dog is properly cared for. Still, Responsible Dog Ownership Month is an opportunity to remind people of good practices and encourage people to take better care of their pets. So what is responsible dog ownership?

Responsible dog ownership includes caring for your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional well being. It ensures that your dog has an enjoyable and rewarding life, and that he or she is kept safe and receives proper love and care.

Here are a few ways to practice responsible dog ownership.

Think before you act

Remember that owning a pet is a commitment. Bringing a dog into your home shouldn’t be an spontaneous or impulsive decision. Consider whether you have the time, resources, and ability to provide proper care for a new pet.

Training is key

Proper training isn’t just for teaching dogs how to do tricks. Basic obedience training is important for your dog’s safety and mental health.

Make new friends

Be sure to properly socialize your dog. This helps improve your dog’s emotional health, and allows you to take your dog on trips and to events safely. Socializing your dog helps ensure positive interactions with others, and keeps your dog safe.

Housekeeping

Make sure that your dog has a proper living space. Look for have gaps or holes in fences and make sure that gates latch and close properly. Be sure that your dog’s living area doesn’t get too hot or cold. A covered area provides shade and protection from precipitation. Provide enough space for your dog to roam and explore, or have a plan to make sure your pet has opportunities to stay active.

Stay active

Exercise is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Regular physical activity promotes good physical, mental, and overall health.

Eat right

Your dog needs nutritious meals and proper portion sizes. Also, make sure that your dog always has access to clean drinking water.

Visit the vet

Take your dog in to the vet for regular visits. This ensures that your dog stays in good health and receives the care that he needs.

Make sure that your dog has the proper shots and vaccinations that he needs. Also make sure to check and treat your pet regularly for parasites such as worms, fleas, and ticks.

Keep your pet secure

Keep your dog on a leash when out in public. This ensures that even the best trained dogs stay out of trouble. Also, make sure that the collar isn’t too loose and that your dog always has proper tags and identification.

Love your pet!

Your dog is a member of the family. Make sure that you treat them with love and care!

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