If you’re not sure about why you should train your pet, just think about the benefits of having an obedient dog or cat. You’ll have more freedom to leave your pet at home, knowing he won’t destroy your home or get into trouble when you’re not there.
Your neighbors will appreciate it too if your dog isn’t barking all day long or your cat isn’t clawing and scratching the furniture. Get started with these 10 tips from Pet City!
1) Help Keep Pets Safe
While you may know what’s best for your pet, other people may not see things your way, which is why it’s important to train your pet as soon as possible. The longer you wait, and the more other people get in contact with your pet, there’s a greater chance that something bad will happen.
Training teaches basic behavioral skills (how to walk on a leash or when it’s okay to jump on guests) that you don’t want others undoing. Even better: The sooner you begin training, the easier it will be in terms of time and effort spent teaching them their manners!
2) Maintain a Healthy Relationship
If you care about your pet, it’s important to build a strong relationship with him or her. One of the best ways to do that is by establishing training routines. Having clearly defined expectations means there will be less miscommunication and bad behavior—and plenty of healthy fun!
Animals thrive when they know their boundaries, and Pet City can help you develop a structured routine that includes any number of things, from basic tricks to advanced obedience classes. Because well-trained pets are also happier pets!
3) Improve Their Behavior
Training your pet to develop good habits from an early age is a great idea—it will benefit you, your pet, and your community. Teaching them basic commands like sit and stay helps them learn self-control and improves their behavior around other people and animals. The more a dog obeys these simple commands, the easier it will be for you to take them on a walk or just out for a stroll.
4) Give them Exercise
It may seem obvious, but a big part of being a good pet owner is simply giving your pet enough exercise. For example, dogs are usually pretty active animals and could use a walk around your neighborhood or in a dog park at least once per day. Cats tend to be much more low-key and can handle shorter walks. But both would enjoy playtime with their favorite toy, especially if it’s interactive!
Playing with pets helps keep them mentally stimulated while also letting them expend pent-up energy. This will not only help them stay in shape but will help strengthen your bond as well! Doing things together can even improve human health.
5) Provide the Best Life Possible
When you first welcome a new pet into your family, there’s no doubt you want to give them everything they need to live a happy, healthy life. However, many people underestimate how important it is to provide their pets with education. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your animal has all of its basic needs met: food, water, and shelter. But that doesn’t mean you can stop there!
By teaching your pets specific behaviors while they are still young (ideally between 2-6 months old), you can ensure they grow up with healthier behavioral habits that will last for years to come. Teaching them basic commands will also help them get along better with other pets and people around town.
6) Show Love and Affection
A key factor to training your pet is showing them love and affection. The more you give, the more they will give back. This doesn’t have to be complicated! A pat on their head or a scratch behind their ears can do wonders for improving their behavior, especially if your pet has been given little affection in its life before coming into yours.
Although it may be tempting to save all of your love for human companions, you should treat every animal like they are family and let them know how much you love them as often as possible. It will pay off in spades later on!
7) Support Fostering Dogs in Need
There are so many dogs out there that need good homes, but they don’t get them because they just don’t fit well with certain families. This is where fostering comes in: It lets us care for dogs temporarily and allows us to see if they would be a good fit for our long-term shelter or adoption program.
As much as we love taking care of these precious pets, our resources are extremely limited – and that makes helping other animals who have nowhere else to go even more important. And considering how many pets are euthanized each year (2.7 million), we must foster as often as possible. Do you want to make a difference in a dog’s life? Then please consider fostering!
8) Benefit from Special Discounts
Maybe you’re not so sure that training your pet is worth it. It can seem like too much of a hassle, right? Well, don’t worry; I’ve got special discounts for you and your pet! When you register at my store for an account, all new customers will be given 15% off their first order.
Additionally, all returning customers who have shopped with us before will receive 10% off their next purchase! Now that’s a deal! All you have to do is register online or in person—and boom – the discount applies automatically. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today!
9) Raise Awareness for Rescue Animals & Shelters
Pets that come from animal shelters and rescue organizations are often overlooked for those that are purchased from pet stores or breeders. If you have an affinity for animals, consider volunteering with a local shelter to help promote adoptions in your community.
If you find a pet that interests you, don’t be afraid to take it home! Just be sure to research and talk with your veterinarian before choosing a new companion. The last thing anyone wants is to bring home an ill or unhealthy pet.
10) Contribute to Pet Adoption Programs
If you have a pet and are looking to make some extra cash, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter. Not only will you be spending time with a friendly companion, but you’ll also gain experience that can help you in other areas of your life, like vet visits and training techniques. Plus, volunteering will allow you to meet other pet lovers who can help inspire and motivate you.
With these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to training your new pet. This is just a simple guide to help new owners get started. If you have any questions about training or any other information, please contact us at Pet City and we’ll be happy to help! Don’t forget to subscribe for more great articles like these!