Overprotective Pet Parenting: Are You Guilty?

Are you an overprotective pet parent? Most people are used to hearing that term associated with raising children, but do you take it a step further? While it’s not uncommon to be very attune to your beloved pets welfare it can be easy to slip into the overprotective category.

Signs You’re An Overprotective Pet Parent



  • You’ve got your vet on speed dial
  • You keep your home locked up like a fortress for fear of an escape
  • You have a toothbrush for your pet
  • You spend more money grooming your pet than you do on yourself
  • You get nervous if anyone else comes near them
  • You don’t let your pet play with other animals
  • You have a bookshelf full of volumes of dog psychology and care manuals
  • You worry about your pets welfare if they get out of your sight – even in your home
  • You’re afraid of leaving them with a petsitter or a dog sitting service


Does your behavior mirror many of these traits? It’s time to take a step back and see what you can do to stop being so overprotective. While it’s true that there are many things in the world of humans that pets just don’t have the instinct to deal with, don’t underestimate your friend’s ability to be aware of dangers. Most animals have great instincts. They also often know what they need to do if they are sick. Try to resist the urge to call your vet for minor injuries or concerns. Pick up a basic care manual when you bring your pet home and follow the guidelines. There is no need to seek out numerous care books to feed your overprotective behavior. If you feel you need just a little more information, keep a list of things you have questions about and ask your vet the next time you take your pet in for a check-up. Worried about a dog sitting service? Do some research! Read reviews and find one that is rated well! Don’t forget our tips and tricks on saving money – throw out that toothbrush your pet hates and rub some doggie toothpaste on a chew toy! Remember that animals like to be social. Don’t isolate yours. If you don’t have friends with pets you can let yours play with, then take them to the park and let the