As the proud parent of an adorable dog or cat, you’re already aware that peace makes a huge difference. After all, if your pet isn’t content, they can cause a lot of headaches – along with a little chaos and destruction. Luckily, there’s so much that you can do to create a positive environment.

Look at these helpful tips so that you and your furry friend stay happy.

1. Pay Attention to Nutrition

Pets’ needs vary when it comes to nutrition. In any case, however, you should feed your furry friend the right amount of food. Typically, dogs older than six months should eat twice a day. Before that age, puppies require multiple small meals throughout the day. Either way, it’s necessary to stick with a schedule. Aim to feed your cat or dog once in the morning and once in the evening. 

Of course, a full bowl of water should always be available. Try to limit their treat intake, as well. Puppies and kittens require a special kind of kibble, as do senior dogs and cats. Also, pets with health issues may need to take supplements or switch to a new food. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.

2. Train Your Pet

Even the most laid-back breeds need someone to train them. If you’re a first-time pet owner, you’ll probably want to take a class. Online guides can only do so much, as they can’t focus on your animal individually. Often, shelters and agencies offer inexpensive courses allowing you to learn how to discipline your pet correctly – even if it’s an adult.

Make it a point to house train them as well. Don’t yell or scream at your cat when she scratches your couch. Instead, tell her to stop in a firm tone. Then, use a clicker and a treat to reward her. She’ll soon put the two together – animals are smarter than we realize!

3. Create a Safe Yard

Pets don’t usually stay inside unless they’re house cats. Even then, your furry friend could escape into your yard – then what? It’s crucial to create a pet-friendly outdoor space. Reconsider the contents of your garden, as certain plants – such as English ivy, aloe, bamboo and jasmine – can be toxic to animals. Skip out on any fertilizers for further safety.

Most types of pets require exercise, so they must be able to run and play outside safely.

4. Be a Social Butterfly

It’s essential to work on your pet’s social skills to ensure they can interact with others. Take your dog to a nearby park so that he can play with other pooches, but don’t let him off of the leash unless he’s calm. If he’s aggressive or jumpy, it may be helpful to consult an expert beforehand. 

Cats don’t need to leave the house to learn how to socialize. As you know, felines tend to be independent. While they may like to snuggle in bed or rub up against your legs, they’re not super social creatures. That said, you should still introduce them to your friends and family over time.

5. Remember Frequent Checkups

Even though you’ve fed and groomed your pet properly, there’s not much that compares to a checkup. Once your dog or cat reaches their first birthday, they should get to the veterinarian every year. Before that, they’ll likely require vaccinations, checkups for normal things like fleas and ticks, so a few visits are necessary. Similarly, senior pets may need more consistent checkups. No matter your pet’s age be sure that you schedule regular checkups.

Take Note of These Tips for a Peaceful Pet Household

Pets require a lot of attention so that they can thrive. Make sure to feed, train and socialize them properly. On top of that, your dog or cat needs a safe environment to roam, along with consistent veterinary checkups. When your pet’s content, they’re a breeze to handle – and you’re happier than ever.