National Dog Week

National Dog Week: 5 Keys to Being a Responsible Dog Owner

For those of you who don’t know, September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month and this week is National Dog Week! Planet Groom has yet to encounter anyone who doesn’t love their dog like family, but there are people who have never had a dog, before, and just don’t know where to begin!


When it comes to being a responsible dog owner, here are the basics:

  1. Diet
    The number of foods available for your dog is boundless and it can feel daunting when attempting to choose the right one. Be sure to consult the ingredients and calories per serving (just like humans!). Calorie requirements vary from dog to dog, not only breed to breed, and in most instances, you can follow feeding instructions given on a bag or can of food.
    A better way to choose a diet for your pup is to consult a veterinarian! They will be able to offer advice for typical feeding, as well as for specialty diets for dogs facing issues like obesity, diabetes, Cushings Disease, etc.

  2. Walkies
    If you are physically able, we advise finding some time to take your doggo on a long walk, regularly. Not only is it physically beneficial for you and your pet, but it helps keep a dog mentally stimulated. Depending on where you are walking him or her, it could also help with socialization.
    Our basic guidelines are:
    a) Keep your dog on a leash if it is required,
    b) Bring water (Even on short walks, just in case.),
         and c) Pick up after your dog! It’s the decent thing to do.

  3. Yearly Wellness Check-ups
    As with people, dogs require a yearly check-up/physical as a way to ensure that everything is working as it should. One visit each year is the minimum for healthy dogs and that number may increase as the dog gets older. It is an opportunity to make sure your doggo is up to date on vaccines, but is also an opportunity to build a positive association and relationship between your doggo and the veterinarian.

  4. Grooming
    When people get a dog for the first time, there is a tendency to underestimate the importance of (and need for) grooming. As with diet, the need varies from dog to dog.
    Short or smooth-coated dogs need baths at least once, every six months, depending on their activity level and environment. Longer coated dogs may need to be groomed every three to eight weeks, depending on coat condition and wants of the owner.
    There are also medical conditions that necessitate regular baths and grooming, especially skin conditions. Be sure to consult a groomer or veterinarian if you have any questions. (We’re always here to help! Shoot us an email or give us a call!)
    And don’t forget! Regular grooming also includes: brushing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning.

  5. Love
    This is the most important guideline for being a responsible dog owner! There is no one way to show your dog love and it manifests differently in each person-dog relationship. Follow the guidelines outlined above, but know that love is also displayed through socialization, training, play, cuddles, treats (But not too many! I don’t want the trainers and vets to come for me!), etc.

If you are making an effort for your dog, we're sure that you are a wonderful, loving dog owner. We do our best not to judge because, as we mentioned, above, people can love their dogs in different ways. If you have any questions about responsible dog ownership, you can always contact your veterinarian or a trusted dog professional, as well as access a number of resources, online. All we ask is that you do your best and make an effort!


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