February is Responsible Pet Owner Month. What exactly makes a responsible pet owner? Well, numerous traits that range from a healthy lifestyle to showing your pet the same unconditional love they show you. Here is a list of a few responsible actions owners can implement and how they will eventually affect your pet:
-Organized in personal, professional and social life with a good sense of time management. Owners allow the necessary time to provide their pet with things like walks, vet appointments and one-on-one interactions.
-Interest in leading a healthy lifestyle surrounding exercise and good nutrition. Owners provide good wholesome pet food to ensure good pet health as well as plenty of exercise. Exercise is not only important to the physical health of a pet but also to its mental health.
-Warmer, more open personality and attitude towards others. When pet owners display this outlook they are also providing a “good vibe” around their pet to behave in the same manner. Pets pick up on our moods and fears and respond accordingly.
-Higher degree of interest in social contact and helping others. Pet owners that are more social will be more likely to take their pet to parks for exercise and socialization. They will also be more inclined to get help with training if their pet is displaying a bad behavior they cannot break.
-More expressive and enthusiastic, and may enjoy variety, excitement and spontaneity more than non pet-owners. They say you act like the company you surround yourself with. If you have a very energetic pet that demands your attention, then you will be more likely out and about with the pet, sharing in their enthusiasm.
-Loyal, responsible, secure and committed to having a positive relationship, through highs and lows. A lot can be learned about unconditional love and it comes from owning a pet. No matter what pet owners put their pet through, they still love. If more people would learn to forgive and forget the way pets do, the world would be a better place.
-Optimistic outlook on every aspect of life. Pets look at everything as an opportunity to do something. Whether it is to go for a car ride, go outside, get food, a treat, or just to get affection. The response is still the same – excited. When having pets and experiencing that kind of outlook, owners just can’t help but to have a better outlook on life for themselves.
Hopefully this brief list of responsible pet owner characteristics, actions and values are things, as an owner, you are already practicing. If not, use this as a guide to become a more responsible pet owner. If you're a soon to be pet owner or are contemplating pet ownership, begin to perfect these traits and characteristics. Better people make better pets and better pets make better people!
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