Here are 5 Traits of a Responsible Dog Owner
Dogs are adorable. In fact, we could even go out on a limb and say they are dog gon’ cute! Don’t you agree? From their devout loyalty to their endless affection and even the looks on their faces when they beg for a treat, it’s no wonder so many American households include a canine in the family.
However, dogs are a big responsibility. They have needs just like humans do, such as food, water, shelter, a caring family, and the occasional trip to the vet. Unfortunately, many doggie companions only realize the extra work it takes to care for a dog, after bringing them home. Because of this, approximately 3.9 million dogs find themselves at animal shelters every year.
So, if you’ve been thinking of bringing home a pooch, take the time to ensure you’re up for the challenge. To help you decide, here are five traits of a responsible dog owner.
1. Financially Secure
Don’t be discouraged! We don’t mean you should own a vacation home and a private island. What we do mean is that you should have a stable income with the likelihood that it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. To know if you can afford a dog, some of the common costs you should factor in include:
- Collar and leash
- Doggie bed
- Annual medical exams
It’s also a good idea to prepare for additional costs like spaying or neutering, dog training, and professional pet care services.
2. Lives in a Stable Home Environment
Another common reason dogs are separated from their human companions is because of moving. To be clear, moving a lot does not make you an irresponsible dog owner. In fact, there are tons of travel bloggers and tiny home owners who take their canines with them on adventures around the world. However, one clear sign of a responsible dog owner is one that has one or more of the following in place:
- A stable home environment that makes moving unlikely
- A second dog owner who would take responsibility for the dog in the case of an emergency
- A contingency plan to ensure the dog is properly cared for if they must move without them
In short, providing a stable home for your dog ensures that even if he does become separated from you, he won’t end up at an animal shelter.
We can all be impatient from time to time, but patience with animals is an important trait of a responsible dog owner. This is true whether your canine companion is a puppy or an adult. Puppies tend to get into loads of trouble and take some time to potty train.
Adult dogs, while often better behaved, may also need to grow accustomed to a new owner and develop trust. Not every dog is immediately willing to reconnect with a stranger, when they have suffered abandonment. If you adopt a senior dog, then you’ll need to be patient with his or her limitations.
The more organized you are, the less likely you’ll be to commit the following human errors when caring for a dog:
- Forgetting to feed your dog before leaving for a long day
- Forgetting to give your dog bathrooms breaks, if he does not have independent access to the outdoors
- Forgetting to groom your dog so that he leaves less of himself on the couch and your guests
You may think, “Oh no, I would never do those things!” But, you’d be amazed at the tasks you might overlook or forget to do when you’re in a hurry. Being organized and having a mental—or physical—checklist of things to do before you leave the home, helps to keep your pooch safe and happy.
Dogs love attention. Sure, you have the occasional exception. But, for the most part, your dog is so happy when you come home that he can barely contain himself. In fact, he already has a list of activities waiting for you as soon as you walk through the door.
He wants a treat. He wants a belly rub. He wants an ear scratch. He wants to play fetch. He wants to go for a run. Did someone say leash? Someone said leash. Let’s go to the park and chase squirrels! If you’re not prepared to handle this level of energy, affection, and dedication, then a dog may not be right for you.
Hopefully, after reading through this list, you’ve only received confirmation for what you knew all along: you’re a fabulous dog owner! If not, the good news is there are plenty of professional pet care services that can help. For example, we provide dog walking, pet sitting and even puppy packages to ensure your pooch has a dog gon’ good time even when you’re away from home! For more information about the services we provide, give us a call at 781-922-1707 or shoot us an email at email@example.com. We can’t wait to speak with you!
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