Having a pet is no walk in the park despite all the park walks you will have together! Being a pet owner is a big responsibility that requires commitment, accountability, financial planning, and sometimes a bit of sacrifice. In Broward County, we also have hot weather and storms that occur yearly. These weather conditions should also be kept in mind when creating a rescue plan for your dog in times of need. Please see our Hurricane Preparedness Blog for more info. Here are some things to consider when becoming a pet owner.
Education and Investment:
Owning a dog is a big commitment that is sure to change every aspect of your life. This is why it’s very important to do your research on the type of breeds that would suit your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a pup to relax after work, it may be best to find a low energy couch potato type. In contrast, if you love being active and want an active companion to join you on all your adventures, it may be best to research active and energetic breeds.
When researching breeds according to your lifestyle, it is also essential to consider the financial commitment and any possible health issues, pet insurance, vet bills, or any everyday living costs. Calculating the investment needed to care for your desired pet is part of financially planning for this long term commitment.
To help decide on the right pet breed or gathering general knowledge about pet ownership, make sure to do your research. East Paws is also happy to help determine what dog breed is right for you and answer any questions you may have.
Training and Development:
When it comes to training your dog, remember that training is also an investment in your dog’s well being and your peace of mind. Finding the right trainer and teaching your dog even basic skills will allow you to confidently live and socialize with your dog without the chance of misbehaving or harm being done.
In addition to training your dog, you will also need to make time for your dog daily. Playtime and walks are very important for a dog’s cognitive development. Any interactions with your dog will help with physical stimulation that is essential for their well being. If you struggle to find time for your dog’s activities during the week, East Paws can help keep your dog busy and entertained. At East Paws, we offer dog training, walking and pet sitting. So whether your dog needs a quick stroll and fresh air or a companion for a longer time of care, we’ll make sure to offer quality service that both you and your dog will be satisfied with!
Health and Maintenance:
Keeping your dog healthy and taken care of may seem like a walk in the park, but some breeds can be quite high maintenance with the pampering and attention they require. Along with finding and understanding the right grooming needs for your dog, you must also consider dental hygiene, vaccinations and any other veterinarian related expenses that may come up yearly or in case of emergencies. Disease prevention can add to your yearly or monthly expenses; however, in the long run, it will keep your dog healthy and will reduce the chances of more costly intervention in the future. In Broward County, it may be your best interest to put your dog on year-round flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives to ensure your pup doesn’t catch anything if they do get bitten.
Maintaining your dog is not the last of it. Aside from your dog’s weekly, monthly, or yearly needs, there are also the everyday needs and necessities to consider. Picking the right food and meal plan is crucial for the development and growth of your dog. The food selected needs to correspond to their lifestyle and their nutritional needs.
Lastly, part of being a responsible pet owner is picking up after your dog. Gross, I know! But, picking up after your dog is crucial! Aside from making you look like a total scumbag for not cleaning up after your pooch, dog waste can cause environmental harm, spread disease, and can ruin a day for someone that accidentally steps in it. We can all agree it’s not fun to pick up poop, but there is an Ordinance in Broward County that makes it a requirement to pick up after your pet. Don’t risk a fine or spread germs, and please pick up your dog’s waste. Always remember to keep those poop bags handy when going out with your pup!
There is so much to consider when owning a dog, and it is your responsibility to fulfill the requirements of being a great dog owner. Your commitment, financial planning and daily care for your pup will determine whether you are a great pet owner. With development, training, good health, and daily affection, your pup is sure to love every minute they spend with you if you treat them right!