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Benefits & Responsibilities of Pet Ownership

Are you debating on getting a pet? Whether you’re contemplating a dog, cat or exotic bird, the joys of pet ownership can far outweigh the responsibilities. It’s often a joke that parents of teenagers should have a dog or cat so they receive a greeting when they return home. Bringing a puppy or kitten into the home is a tremendous responsibility. The first few weeks can be consuming. Follow these recommendations from veterinarians and happy pet owner to make sure you get started ono the right foot with your new four legged friend.

The options for bringing home a puppy or dog are nearly unlimited. Whether you’re in the market for a designer breed or intend to rescue a dog from your local animal shelter, it’s important to do thorough research before coming to a decision. Quite frequently dogs rescued from the shelter have been mistreated and will require a whole different level of patience, training and love than a puppy fresh from the litter. If you are intent upon rescuing a dog from the shelter, be sure to get as much information as possible on the animal’s history.  Do not rush the process at the shelter. Spend time with several different dogs before deciding which is right for you. You’ll know when you’ve made that special attachment. Plan to spend as much time with a mature dog from the shelter as with a puppy.

Head to your local pet store for food, crating, leashes and collars.  You can even enlist your new dog into being a fan of your favorite sports team with their very own fan apparel. Check out the awesome deals offered by  Groupon coupons and check out the pet fan gear available from Fanatics.  Make certain your dog has a full check-up at your veterinarian’s office.

Establish a routine for your pet. Walk them each morning, afternoon and evening. Train them to sit, stop and obey commands by rewarding them with small treats. Avoid table food as dog’s digestive systems are not designed to process human food. Best of luck to you on the joys of pet ownership!