As long term pet lovers, there is nothing Nicole and I could agree on more than the need for new pet owners to understand how to nurture and care for their pets. Because a lot of families introduce new pets into their homes during the winter holidays, Petco is offering a series of free seminars in January to help you be the best pet parent around!
These seminars focus on 4 areas of health: physical, mental, social and emotional.
Most pet parents know proper diet and exercise is vital. However, what a pet is fed not only affects how they feel on the inside, but also how they look on the outside. Keep in mind, every pet’s nutritional needs are different and may require a specific food type. For example, young dogs often need puppy-specific formulas and older dogs may need a formula specially designed for senior pets with joint issues. There are also foods that can help pets with food sensitivities. New pet parents are always welcome to speak to one of Petco’s Certified Nutrition Experts to get a better understanding of what food is right for their pet. In addition, Petco is inviting all pet parents to attend one of their free Skin and Coat Seminars on January 12-13, 2013. This free seminar will teach pet parents how to keep a dog’s skin healthy and coat shiny all year long.
Keeping a pet mentally stimulated is a must to avoid destructive behavior such as going to the bathroom in the house or destroying upholstery. Toys and puzzles will keep pets occupied and mentally stimulated for long periods so they don’t take out their boredom on furniture. For those who need a potty training refresher or just a place to get started, Petco is offering free Potty Training Seminars January 5-6, 2013. Qualified trainers will offer professional advice, tips and tricks to help make potty training easier and fun, while stimulating pets mentally with positive feedback.
In addition to caring for a pet’s physical and mental health, teaching pets to interact and play well with others is essential to being a great pet parent and providing complete care. Help a new pet become the socialite they were meant to be at one of Petco’s free Puppy Socialization Seminars January 19-20, 2013. This 30-minute constructive playtime is designed to teach valuable social skills to puppies.
Every pet needs to be loved. With a staggering 5 to 7 million animals in shelters throughout the United States, Petco encourages everyone to “Think Adoption First” when bringing a new pet into the home. Giving emotional stability and love to a pet in need is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Stop by Petco’s National Adoption Weekend January 5-6, 2013 to meet local shelter pets and find out if pet adoption is a good family choice. For those who aren’t sure if bringing a pet into their home is the right decision, attend Petco’s Meet the Critters event January 12-13, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.. The event is themed “My First Pet” and will feature a variety of pets that make good first pets for a child just starting to learn responsibility.
Please be a responsible pet parent. Every time I see a misbehaving dog, I don’t look at the dog, I look at the owner. I know that just about every training issue is one where the owner did not teach good behavior to the dog! Let Petco help you to learn how to train and care for your new family member!
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