Dog ownership is one of the greatest experiences a person can have. Dogs give the kind of unconditional love and companionship that few pets — and people! — can offer. The downside, however, is that caring for a dog is a big responsibility. Sometimes it feels like your dog is your child — you always want to do what's best for him. But the reality is that people who work and/or raise a family rarely have lots of free time and energy. Perhaps you're used to haphazardly storing your dog's paperwork in random folders and drawers. You have trouble remembering how long you exercised Spike yesterday, and you have no idea when his last veterinary check up was. This organizer is the answer to your problems! Its purpose is to help you be a more relaxed, confident dog owner, so you can spend your free time playing Frisbee with Spike instead of hunting for his missing vaccination records.
Whether you've just gotten a ten-week-old puppy or you're looking to become a better owner for your seven-year-old adult dog, this organizer can help you achieve your goals. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 will tell you all you need to know to prepare for your new pup and will give you a chance to keep track of everything from his reactions to grooming to his housetraining progress. Chapters 4 and 5 will help you organize a bathing and grooming routine and create a feeding schedule for your dog. You can write right in this organizer in the spaces provided and use the note-taking sections to jot down anything of interest. Keep the organizer in a safe, accessible place, and refer to it anytime you need to check medical records, look up the groomer's phone number, or see whose day it is to feed the dog.
One of your most important tasks as a dog owner is to keep your pet healthy. Working with your veterinarian can help you ensure that your dog lives a long, happy life, and you can work together toward preventing health problems before they begin. Knowing your dog's habits is a good place to start. When you know his normal eating, sleeping, and exercise routines, recognizing a problem is easier. Any change in your dog's normal routine may indicate a problem and should sound an alarm for you to keep a close eye on him. Luckily, this organizer provides a place for you to document your dog's normal state, as well as any changes in him. Chapter 6 will help you keep track of your dog's vaccinations and medications, as well as the details surrounding spay or neuter surgery. Chapter 7 focuses on your dog's general health, offering you the chance to record illnesses and injures, as well as encounters with parasites like fleas and ticks. Once all of the information is filled in, this organizer will make a great reference tool for veterinary appointments.
Making sure your dog is healthy and happy also means exercising and socializing him. Chapters 8 and 9 offer lots of great tools on these topics — from exercise schedules to socialization plans — that will help you create a consistent, enjoyable routine for your dog. You can even make copies of your schedules, calendars, and checklists and post them on the refrigerator or a bulletin board as a reference for everyone in the household. This is one of many fun ways to get the whole family involved with your pet's care.
The goal of this organizer is to help you take the best possible care of your dog so that the two of you will share a long, lasting, and loving relationship. So, turn the page and start becoming a more organized dog owner today. Your pup will thank you!