Good Pet Parents

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Good pet parents are a new breed of pet owners who make sure that they are armed with the best information and the best conditions to raise a happier, healthier, better behaved pet.

There isn’t really a secret–it takes research, preparation, hard work, dedication, and commitment.

Outstanding pet owners tend to all have similar things in common but to be a good pet parent there is an actual list of required actions that take place on a regular basis.

Think you know what they are?

Not too long ago I asked, What is the one thing you wish you knew prior to getting a pet? Take a few minutes to think about it because I am going to ask you another question at the end of this post.

To earn the label of a good pet parent I put together a list.

A Good Pet Parent:

  • Obtains an animal from an ethical and responsible party, shelter, or organization.
  • Researches pet ownership prior to getting an animal or immediately upon ownership.
  • Feeds a nutritious diet so the pet will never suffer obesity or the complications from it.
  • Integrates the animal into the family and household.
  • Makes sure the animal always has good shelter and protection from the elements.
  • Commits to wellness check-ups twice a year and obtains veterinary care as needed.
  • Engages in regular grooming practices and professional care when necessary.
  • Participates in animal school so that the pet is understood and so rules can be established for the health & safety of all.
  • Complies with all applicable laws related to pet ownership and proper pet management.
  • Makes sure that the environment is safe and secure to prevent pet escapes or against the danger of intruders.
  • Enriches the environment and provides mental stimulation for the pet through enrichment, toys, play, & training.
  • Ensures that the pet has daily exercise and physical activity.
  • Understands the risks of unauthorized contact or harassment when out in public (both to and from others).
  • Learns how to minimize risks when traveling with the pet and during encounters with others.
  • Makes a lifetime commitment to caring for and housing the pet.
  • Respects the animal for who and what that animal is.
  • Does not neglect or abuse the animal.

Okay, so that is my list from a professional perspective. Do you have something to add to this list? If so, chime in by leaving your comments–or join us over in the Facebook community?

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