When she’s not dazzling the judges on Dancing With the Stars or keeping fans on the edge of their seats as the mysterious Mona on Pretty Little Liars, you can find Janel Parrish showering her adopted dog, Kleo, with love and affection. In her new video for peta2, Janel spends a sunny afternoon with Kleo to show us all the fun and easy ways you can be your dog’s BFF.
Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Who wouldn’t be excited to hang out with this face every day?!
But being a doggie BFF isn’t ALL fun and games. It’s a lifelong commitment to loving and caring for another being who is completely dependent on you. Dogs aren’t fashion accessories or stuffed animals. They’re living, breathing individuals who feel fear and joy and sadness, just like you and me. Dogs deserve guardians who will protect them, entertain them, and, above all, care for them.
Tips to Show Your Dogs Love
- Go on three long walks every day—in the morning, in the afternoon, and before bed. Remember: This is your dogs’ walk, not yours! Give them plenty of time to roam, sniff, explore, and have fun.
- Give them healthy food and fresh water in clean bowls every day. Make sure you know which food is best for your dogs, and steer clear of the seven dangerous foods that can cause serious harm.
- Gently groom them. Be sure to brush your dogs, trim their nails, and brush their teeth as often as your veterinarian recommends.
- Play together! Buy or make fun toys to keep your dogs entertained and happy.
- Give them lots of love and cuddles. Just like your human friends, your dogs need attention and affection from you. Sometimes your dogs may want to chill alone and not be smothered with kisses, and that’s OK, too.
- Sing to them. So what if you’re not exactly the next American Idol? Unless your dogs are Simon Cowell in puppy form, I promise they won’t judge. 😉
- Never, ever yell at them. Training dogs takes time, and they’re bound to make mistakes. Don’t yell at them, just as you wouldn’t want someone to yell at you if you made a mistake. Be patient and work together, and if you need help, look online for training classes.
- Watch movies together. This goes hand in hand with number five. Nothing beats a movie night with the besties, and you have the benefit of getting to watch whatever you pick judgment-free!
- Spay or neuter. Animal shelters are overflowing with dogs waiting for a good home, and unfortunately, many of them will be euthanized because there aren’t enough homes for them all. The only way to end the animal overpopulation crisis is to spay and neuter to prevent new litters from being born.
- Don’t ever leave animals chained up or unattended outside. Your dogs are part of your family and should be treated that way. Never leave them alone outside, where they could be hit by a car, be injured by another animal, or get lost or trapped. It’s OK to leave your bike chained up outside—but not your dog.