Single Pet Parent? Here Are a Few Things that Could Make Your Life Easier

 TIPS FOR SINGLE PET PARENTS

Being a pet parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world, but it also comes with lots of responsibility. Not only do you need to make sure your pet’s basic needs are met, you also want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible. While you’re probably more than happy to do those things, it can get a little overwhelming, especially if you’re raising your fur baby while living the single life. If you’re a single pet parent, here are a few things that could make your life easier.

 

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 Set A Schedule And Stick To It

Many pets, especially dogs, thrive when they have a regular routine to follow. In order to keep things in your house running smoothly, you should come up with a set schedule for things like walks and feeding times. When your pet feels like they know what to expect, they may be less likely to experience issues like separation anxiety

 

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Pet-Proof Your Home

In many ways, having a pet is like having a baby. Pets are naturally curious about things around your house and when left unsupervised, they might want to do some exploring. Because of this, pet-proofing your home is one of the first steps you should take to becoming a responsible pet parent. Pet-proofing will help ensure that your pet doesn’t get into anything dangerous during their adventures through the house and it is a great way to prevent them from accidentally injuring themselves.

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Enrol In Training Classes

If you have a dog, going to training classes is the perfect opportunity to bond with your pet while making sure they’re being trained on commands and behavioural skills. Classes can also be a great way for your dog to socialize. If your dog has anxiety or is a little skittish, you could opt to work in individual sessions with a local dog trainer. The earlier you train your pet, the more likely they will be able to retain basic obedience skills.

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Get Your Pet Microchipped

Nobody wants to think about their pet getting lost, but with about 10 million dogs lost each year, it’s important that your dog has proper identification just in case they get separated from you. Getting a name tag for your pet’s collar is a great place to start, but many vets recommend microchipping so you can be easily reconnected with your pet.

 

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Invest In Good Pet Toys

While you’re away at work or busy running errands, there’s a good chance your pet may start to feel bored. Investing in some good pet toys can help your pet stay occupied while you’re out of the house. A pet that’s distracted and/or busy is less likely to be destructive. When shopping for toys, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Consider hard rubber toys, like KONGs, or soft, stuffed toys. Note: not all soft, plush toys work for all dogs, so see how your dog does with one before investing in a few.

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Put Vet Appointments In Your Calendar

Remembering your pet’s appointments can be difficult, especially when you’ve made them weeks—or months—in advance. As soon as you set up a vet appointment for your pet, be sure to add it to your calendar. You should also set calendar reminders for when your pet’s vaccinations need to be renewed, so you’ll know when to plan appointments.

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Give Your Pet Their Own Space

As much as your pet loves and needs your attention, there will be times when your pet simply wants to rest and relax by themselves. Creating an area specifically for your pet will allow them to feel safe and comfortable. For cats, this area could be a set of scratching posts. For dogs, the area could be a crate filled with a bed and toys.

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Hire A Dog Walker

If you’re a single pet parent who also works a full-time job, you’ve probably spent lots of time thinking and worrying about your pet while you’re away at the office. Since leaving work simply isn’t an option for most people, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker who can stop by your house and walk your dog while you’re gone during the day.

The greatest thing about pet parenthood is that your pet will love you unconditionally. Return the favour by taking the items on this list into consideration. With the help of these tips, you can improve your parenting skills and give your pet the most comfortable life possible.

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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.

 

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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!

 

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