Responsible Pet Ownership Means Happy Pets and Happy Neighbors
Pets love unconditionally. They make homes happier, families healthier and can even help communities feel safer. But they need our help to live safe, happy lives, and to be good pet neighbors in the community. That’s where responsible pet ownership practices come in.
With love, guidance and encouragement, you can make sure your pet is a joy for your family and for the people around you. For example:
- Always use a leash to protect your pet, your surroundings and people you meet when you’re out and about.
- Clean up pet waste to help keep your neighborhood clean (and your neighbors happy!).
- Make sure you provide your pets with the love and daily care they need, like a healthy diet, exercise and socialization.
- Train dogs to follow basic cues like “sit,” “stay,” “come” and “no.”
- Learn to recognize how pets are feeling, so you can anticipate their behavior and when they might need some space.
Check out the downloadable booklets below for these and more tips for happy, healthy pets and a pet-friendly community.
They were introduced as part of an announcement by Mars Petcare, the City of Nashville and other partners about a $350,000+ investment in pet-friendly programs, policies and amenities for Nashville. The goal is to make it easier for residents and visitors to welcome pets into their homes and into more public places.