Students and Their Dogs


This post was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Susan Wallace

How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner as a Student

Having a pet is one of the best choices in life you could ever make. They keep you company just
as a friend would and you also have the satisfaction of knowing you have a loyal friend beside

Dogs are known for being loyal and that is one of the reasons why they make good pets for
college students. Having a dog in college can be fun but it can also be a challenge due to the
time consumed by academic work. Despite the challenge, you can still keep a dog and be a
responsible dog owner and a student at the same time.

What are some of the things you need to do in order to be responsible?

Feed it well

Just the way you need proper nutrition to ensure you are always healthy, dogs also need proper
nutrition so that they can be healthy. If you are not sure about what type of food to feed your
dog, you can always talk to a nutritionist to advise you with the this page. You can also do some research online.
Be careful not to overfeed the dog since that is also not healthy. Feed it when it should be fed
and never make them miss meals. Do not forget to pay attention to the portion of food you feed
your dog too as this is very important.

Let It Socialize with Other Pets

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How would you feel if you were locked up all day and could not go out or even talk to other
people? No doubt, that would be unbearable. The same is true for dogs. Socializing also brings
them happiness and you should schedule a time for that.

If you are in one of the colleges that allow pets, you can look for other pet owners in the
premises and request if your pets could hang out from time to time. You may be surprised to
see just how much fun they will have. If you are not able to take your dog out, hire someone to do it for you.

Make Time for Them

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As much as your do g needs to socialize with other pets, they also need time with you. This can
be a challenge considering the amount of academic work you may have throughout the year.
However, you can still manage to make time for them. How?

One way is by having them close by when watching movies or a TV show. Let them sit near you
or with you on the couch. You can also play with them or take some time to clean them instead
of hiring someone to do so. If you have too many assignments that make you neglect your dog,
you can search for to help you and in that way there will be even more time to spend with your pet.

Whatever amount of time you spend with your dog, it will build a good relationship with them.

Train It

When a pet is well-behaved, more people are prone to like it and will welcome it into their
homes. Thus,training is important and this will benefit both you and your dog in the future.?

Ensure you teach them how to treat others, where to pee, where to sleep and how to treat
others. Train the dog with love and not in a harsh manner. Since training is one of the important
things your pet requires, you should always ask yourself whether you can provide trained as you
also ask yourself ‘am I ready for a dog?’.

Take It for Medical Checkups

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Always schedule medical checkups for your dog on a regular basis. This is crucial in order to
keep your dog healthy at all times. Any pre-existing conditions can be treated early before they
advance. When they are ill, nurse them and spend time with them.


Taking care of a pet is no doubt a heavy responsibility. When you have to divide your time to
cater to other things such as school, it makes it even harder to honor your responsibility.
However, this does not mean it is impossible to take care of your pet while you are still

One way you can still make time for your dog is by delegating some of your assignments to
professional writers. Before deciding whether to get a dog or not, always ask yourself whether
you can be able to make sacrifices so that you can spend time with it and if you will be able to
care for it like it deserves to be cared for.

Susan Wallace is a professional writer and also a pet owner. She has done a lot of research on caring for pets and has also gained experience in this. Susan strives to share her knowledge with others so that they can also be responsible pet owners despite having a busy schedule..