Our pets are truly loved and become a part of our family. But, with busy schedules we can accidentally neglect our furry friends without even realizing it. This often becomes apparent when furniture get chewed on, garbage gets knocked over and eaten, or our favorite pair of shoes becomes a tasty little treat.
Learn 5 tips to help keep your pet happy and feeling the love!
Happy Pets Make for Happy Homes
1. Microchip your pet.
This is by far, is one of the best ways to keep track of your pet in case you are separated from him. The microchip is embedded in the animal’s skin, and it contains a unique number designated to your pet and is linked to the owner’s contact information. This is not a GPS chip – it serves only to be able to find the owner should a pet be lost.
2. Make sure your pet has a collar with his name and your current contact information.
Again, this is very helpful for obvious reasons. Having your pet’s name on the tag hanging off the collar lets anyone who finds your pet call him by name, and possibly ease any fears he may have of an emergency responder coming to his rescue.
3. Doggie daycare and boarding works!
Though this may seem a luxury for some, taking your pet to daycare when you are away for long periods of time, i.e. work or boarding is good for your pet’s emotional health. Daycare helps dogs socialize with other dogs and with other humans who are not their parents. Happy dogs make for happy human moms and dads!
4. Regular exercise.
You don’t have to take your dog for a run. A walk around the block, or taking your pet with you to the local coffee shop while you sit and sip your latte is good for both of your souls. Many cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating put water dishes out and little treats for pet owners who come by with their furry pals. Take advantage of being outdoors with your dog. He’ll love it!
5. Indulge their doggie instincts.
Play tug or fetch with your pet. When your dog happily comes to you with a toy in his mouth, it means he wants some one-on-one time. Go for it! He’ll feel loved, and will keep trusting you as someone who cares about him.
Pets have become an integral part of the American family. Treat them as someone who is loved and their loyalty and protection will go a long way.
--Sandy Lewis-Duvall, Founder and Owner, The Shabby Dog
About the Author: Sandy Lewis-Duvall has been in the pet business for over 20 years. The Shabby Dog brand is a boutique retail store, pet salon and daycare and grooming facility in Sierra Madre, CA. She has created a family environment with her staff and customers. She understands that each dog is unique and special, treating each pet almost as her own. Such care has brought the loyalty of her clients and love of the pets that come through her doors.