It may not come as a surprise that your pet needs to eat. Yes, it seems like a pretty basic concept, but there are some further details. Pets thrive on routine, and appreciate being fed at the same time every day. They need good-quality food to meet their nutritive needs, and some have allergies that may require special diets. Then there's the other end of the deal, literally: cleaning up your pet's waste in a timely manner so they have a comfortable living environment (and so do you and your neighbors!).
Some pets also need regular grooming to be physically comfortable. Matted coats can make it difficult for a pet to move easily and can cause them pain. A weekly brushing, even for pets with fairly low-maintenance coats, can be a great way to bond with your pet, reduce shedding, and help your pet stay comfortable. If your pet has a higher maintenance coat, monthly or quarterly visits to your neighborhood groomer may be necessary. Keeping nails trimmed and ears clean are also important grooming needs for pets.
An annual vet visit is always a good thing. Even if there's nothing wrong with your pet, annual "well baby" exams can assist in early detection of serious illnesses or conditions. There are also usually a few sudden needs for vet treatment in every pet's life; if your pet is acting oddly aggressive, lethargic, or ill, it's a smart idea to get them to a vet.
If you have a dog, you may find that you'll both benefit from a training class. It's another great way to bond with your pet, as well as teaching them good manners for interacting with you, other people, and other dogs. There are a ton of great trainers in the Pikes Peak Region, and once you've graduated from basic obedience, you might find that your dog has a special flair for Agility, Rally-O, or other doggie "sports". Training gives your dog much-needed physical and mental stimulation, as well as helping you better understand how to communicate well with him. You'll both be glad you went!
Dogs also benefit hugely from daily walks. Walking is another great way to give your dog both physical and mental stimulation, as well as socialization with other people and animals. Dogs generally have a good deal of energy that can't necessarily be worked out just by hanging out in the backyard. Without regular exercise, that energy may be channeled into destructive behavior around the home or yard, anxiety, aggression or other negative behaviors; on the other hand, an exercised dog is usually a well-behaved dog!