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February is Pet Responsibility Month

Did you know that February is pet responsibility month? Taking care to be sure our pets are healthy and happy is what I consider being a responsible pet owner. What does being a responsible pet owner mean to you?

Pet Responsibility Month

Pet responsibility tips, courtesy of Bill-Jac and infamous dog trainer, Joel Silverman:

Joel Silverman, infamous dog trainer and a Bil-Jac advocate, believes in an open-minded approach to dog training. Bond to the dog with your heart, but train with your brain. In other words, don’t get emotional about your training efforts. Make it fun for the dog. Sometimes the dog will need correction. He views the correction as merely an “interruption” of the undesired behavior.

According to Silverman, It is most crucial to build a relationship with your dog first. Find out what he likes and dislikes. You are uncovering your dog’s personality in this phase, which important in order to begin the training process. Below are five dog training tips that will make training for successful and enjoyable for you and your best friend …

5 actionable steps to help owners with training their dog.

First, get to know your dog and build a relationship with him. Find out what he likes and dislikes. Even notice where in the house he prefers to build the bond.

Second, set a goal of what you want to accomplish. If you display any doubt, your dog will pick up on that doubt and be less responsive. Have a game plan.

Third, understand that you will train only part of the behavior in each session. Keep the training sessions short, about two to three minutes. Repeat the session several times a day.

Fourth, keep it as positive as possible when working with your dog, but understand there is a right way and wrong way for a physical correction. Corrections are merely “interruptions.” Be open-minded.

Fifth, always end on a positive note. You want your dog to look forward to the next training session. When it ends, go play with him, take him out for walk and just have a good time with him… maybe he give him a treat.

Some of the tips I find are most important for a healthy dog includes:

Balanced Diet
How often to Visit The Vet
How much exercise is needed
How to get your children integrated in the responsibility

Pet Responsibility Month

About Bil-Jac
Bil-Jac is based in Medina, OH and is a family-owned business that stands for more than 60 years of uncompromising dedication to the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. Dog food is not only Bil-Jac’s business; it’s their passion. Bil-Jac is dedicated to providing pets with the highest quality dog food and treats.

Bil-Jac prides itself on being the best dog food and catering to the nutritional needs of your pet first and foremost. From using the freshest chicken available, and much more of it, to protecting essential amino acids, 
Bil-Jac delivers what your dog needs and wants.

About Joel Silverman
For over 30 years Joel has worked behind the scenes training animals for movies, TV shows, and commercials. As a host of the popular television series Good Dog U on Animal Planet, from 1999-2009, Joel had the opportunity to showcase his unique ability to relate to and problem-solve behavior issues with a wide variety of dog breeds and owners. Joel’s ability to communicate pet owners in a friendly and gentle manner is what has propelled him to hosting GOOD DOG U, and his current syndicated TV series Dog & Cat Training With Joel Silverman.


  1. Mariah says:

    This month I have been researching some ways to help improve the health of one of my dogs. It’s taking some time but completely worth it!

  2. Donna says:

    I’m glad this trainer cautions that corrections should just be “interruptions” and training should be mostly positive. It’s sad, but not ALL trainers that use corrections feel that way and some can be rather harsh, and even down right cruel.

  3. Every month should be pet responsibility month!

  4. Amanda says:

    They become like part of the family and truthfully, there are many simple things that can be done. We have a Golden family member and he has bladder, kidney and prostate problems that began at age two. Now four years later we make his food homemade and rarely have issues.

  5. Tiffany C. says:

    Cute blog, never been here before. I had no idea that February was pet responsibility month. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Leila says:

    I love our doggy! I just had to spend a few days away from her and missed her as much as I missed my actual kids! Thanks for sharing pet responsibility month – people definitely need the reminder!

  7. LaVonne says:

    We don’t have a dog right now but when the kids are older we’d like to get one. Thank you for these tips. I appreciate it!

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