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July 19, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

How to Be the Owner Your Pet Deserves

By Colleen Hammer More Blogs by This Author

Let's face it, sometimes taking care our pets is stressful. In the challenges of daily living, you may not be able to give your pet the same attention you did yesterday. It happens, and sometimes we can't control this. But, at the end of the day they need attention. You need to give up something for them.

Your pet deserves the best of you, an owner they can be proud of. They deserve to feel connected to you, and be a part of your life.

This raises the question: How can you give your pets the best of you?

Giving Your Pet More Time

You may work a lot, or you may want to watch TV instead, but you do have two times in the day that you can make time for your pet: Before you leave work, and when you get home.

If you can't fit in time for your pet, try to make a ritual of giving them attention at the same time everyday. Your pet can look forward to this time everyday as "your time."

Every Second Counts

You don't even have to give up time. You just need to include your pet in your daily lifestyle. While making dinner, you can give your pet attention by throwing a ball to them. Going for a run? If you have a dog, take them with you!

What if you have a smaller animal, like a guinea pig or a hamster? Let them run in a ball or enclosed area. Reading a book? Let your dog or cat sit next to you. These little moments can give you time with your pet, and also let you include them in your "me time" as well.

Realize Mistakes Happen

Maybe you came home late, maybe you had a date with a friend. You may not be able to spend time with your pet due to outside forces. But you can give your pet time later. If you find yourself failing one day, don't give yourself a hard time about it. Write down ways to make it up to your pet, and make the next time better to show them how apologetic you are.

Make a log on a calendar of the activities you did with your pet that day. Keeping track will make it easier to commit to your pet. It can also show the vast variety of things you do with your pet to look back on later.

Better You, Better Pet

When you are a better pet owner, your pet will be happier, and your hard work will pay off. They will love the time you invest in their lives. You also won't have to feel guilty about not giving them enough time. If you continue this route, you might even love spending more time with your pet than by yourself! After all, you bought a pet for a reason. Why not pay them back to show how much they mean to you?

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  • Nice blog and good ideas.

  • Great short piece that really hits home. I am constantly trying to find more time to spend with my aging best friend The older she gets the more time I spend with her, because I know that we are running out of time! I have always said "I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am".

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