You’ve considered everything there is to know about being a dog owner, and you’ve come to the conscious decision that you’re ready to welcome a furry friend into your life. Though you’re excited about the days ahead with your new dog, you may be a bit apprehensive about what to do and how to adjust. Though there are resources out there for new pet owners like blogs, books, videos, and forums, one platform that is becoming increasingly popular is social media.

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Digital Age for Pets

You read that right. Social media has become a major platform for pets and their owners by making the pet lover community a lot smaller. With the ability to upload photos, videos, and share stories, pets and their owners can connect on a level that no how to guide will ever take you. In fact, this resource has worked so well for pet lovers, that there is a pet social network exclusively dedicated to pets and their owners.

Benefits of Social Networking for Pets

Social networking has really become a platform for individuals in the digital age to connect. The same is true for networks created for pets. Below, are some of the benefits that creating a social network account for your pet might prove beneficial if you’re a new owner:

·  Meet Other Owners – Many dog owners will tel you that owning a dog is very similar to raising a child. In that comparison, one would agree that having a “village” is a lot better than raising a child on their own. By having a social media account for your pet, you get the opportunity to meet other dog owners in various stages of experience. There will be other new and nervous owners as well as experienced dog owners with tons of advice and stories to share.

·  Learn Useful Tips – To piggyback on the above-mentioned benefit, knowing other dog owners can essentially help you to learn a lot about what to expect. Though there are books, veterinarians, and blogs that can help you take care of your dog, there’s nothing like the advice of someone who has experienced it firsthand. Learn useful tips on how to make owning your first dog a lot easier to manage. Users can learn things like feeding schedules, training, health and exercise, and even pet-friendly activities or businesses to take your dog for fun.

·  Keep Up with the Industry – In a generalized social media platform, learning about dog-specific products and services is a bit more difficult. As your social media page is saturated with information, advertisements, and posts, it can be hard to sift through what is and what isn’t important for your dog. However, if you’re connected through a social network for pets, industry-specific information such as dog food recalls, product reviews, and customer feedback can be found easier allowing you to make more informed decisions about your pet.

·  Added Security – As the days pass, you’ll come to love your dog very much. His or her security will be of the utmost importance to you. Keeping your dog safe with tracking devices, chips, and tools like leashes and gates is the first line of defense. However, should something happen to your pet, having a community of dog lovers that you can turn to can make getting them help or even locating your dog a lot easier. Those who have seen photos and videos of your dog and perhaps live in the community can spread the word and keep a watchful eye, or even provide suggestions on the best veterinarian or medical solution should your pet become ill.

You want to be the best owner you can for your dog which is admirable. Fortunately, there are a lot of places you can turn to get help. While books, blogs, forums, and veterinarians can all be great places to start, don’t overlook the benefits of setting up a social media page for your new puppy. Not only will you connect with others, share stories, learn from experiences, gain industry-specific information, and learn how to take care of your dog the best, but you can also help your new puppy make some friends as well. 

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