Like all parenting, being a pet parent means making mistakes!
Whether you are parenting a two-legged person or a four-legged pet, even the best intentions sometimes go awry!
The great news is that you are not alone! Keep reading about a recent survey among pet parents living in the USA and see how you measure up!
Survey: Mistakes Pet Parents Worry About
Earlier this year, Kinship Partners surveyed over one thousand American pet parents about their concerns about their pet parenting skills.
Do any of these concerns resonate with you?
- 52% are stressed over being a bad pet parent.
- 31% are concerned about being a good pet parent after adopting a new pet.
- 30% are worried about taking care of their pet the way they deserve.
- 76% of pet parents are stressed over their pet getting sick while 77% are concerned over their pet’s future health.
Again, you are not alone!
Pet Parenting Confessions
Can YOU relate to these two quick pet parent confessions below?
“My dog China hated the nail trimming process! Even the slightest hint of the dreaded clippers would send her in a panic out the door! So, I decided to present nail cutting as something rewarding and positive using peanut butter and Cheez Whiz! Within 2 weeks, whenever China would hear me going into the kitchen drawer to get the clippers, she would run to greet me with her paws ready!” (Alex, KlipTrio)
“When I adopted my second Great Dane, Dublin, I unconsciously began to favor him over my 10-year-old Great Dane/Black Lab, Bella, with extra treats. Think your dog cannot count? Think again! With a couple of quick nips from a normally sweet senior K9, I mended my ways FAST! I swear dogs CAN count!” (Bobbie, ColdNosesNews.com)
Share your pet parent confession in the comments below!
8 Mistakes to Avoid in Pet Parenting
We want to help support every pet parent so here is our list of mistakes to avoid when it comes to pet parenting.
- If you have not adopted a pet yet, do your research! Having a pet is a lifetime commitment so make sure you adopt a pet that fits your home and lifestyle. Avoid a purely emotional decision.
- Pet-Proof Your Home. Remember, childproofing is not the same as pet-proofing. Remove or hide small objects that can be swallowed, toxic plants, electrical cords, shoes and clothes.
- Find a local vet and do annual checkups.
- Begin training and socializing your pet early and keep doing it throughout their life.
- Feed the highest quality pet food and do not overfeed no matter how cute those puppy eyes are!!
- Ensure your pet has identification in case they go missing to ensure their safe return.
- Engage in regular grooming whether you do it yourself or use a grooming professional like Avery’s Pet Styling Salon for your pet’s overall health and comfort!
- Give your pet enough daily exercise for their physical and mental well-being. Strapped for time? Hire a dog walker or take your dog to doggie daycare.
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Additional Reading and Resources:
Pet Wellbeing: 6 Mistakes to Avoid as a New Pet Parent
One Green Planet: 5 Well-Meaning Mistakes Dog Parents Make
Image Credits (In Order of Appearance):
Luisella Planeta Leoni from Pixabay
Fernando Benega from Pixabay
Graphic Courtesy of Business Wire & Kinship Partners
J C from Pixabay
David Mark from Pixabay
Avery’s Pet Style