Being a responsible dog owner means more than just setting out fresh water and handfuls of dog food. It requires commitment, patience, love and care for dogs. These pets are more than just animals; they become members of the family and are often considered our "babies." To celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Month, dog owners are encouraged to take these steps for their dogs:
- I.D. dogs: After adoption, register/chip dogs in case they get lost. This will help neighborhood residents locate your dog easily and help match the dog with you.
- Take the dog to the vet: Regular check-ups should occur at least every six months. The dog will need to visit the vet more often as he/she ages.
- Healthy dog food matters: Dogs that over-eat risk cardiovascular health issues as well as trouble breathing and arthritis. Make sure you talk to a vet to see if you are feeding your dog the right food and the right amount.
- Speaking of animal health, fencing in dogs allows for convenient playtime outdoors. Not only will pets play with other animals, but they can bond with pet owners, too.
- Train dogs new tricks. Yes, you can do it from the backyard. Incorporate strength training exercises for dogs that will help them develop strong bones and joints.
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