Responsible Dog Ownership.
Dog Ownership means being the best owner/caregiver to your
dog that you can be. Much more than "food, water, and
shelter", Responsible Dog Ownership is the obligation
dog owners have to incorporate their dogs into the
community, being a good neighbor, and providing for the
needs of their dogs, however varied those needs may be.
Dog Ownership Means:
Taking the time to
thoroughly research your decision to have a dog.
Realizing that a pet
is for LIFE,
and dedicating yourself to the life of your dog
Putting the effort
into proper care of your puppy (proper veterinary
care, vaccinations, de-worming, and proper feeding).
Learning all you can
about proper feeding, making healthy choices.
Taking the time to properly
socialize your dog or puppy.
Investing in proper
health care throughout your dog's life.
Training your dog
through gentle means to be a good canine citizen.
Training your dog not
be a nuisance, and helping him achieve that goal.
children to respect animals and not abuse them through
play (this is also Responsible Parenting).
Obeying the laws set
for your protection and the protection of others, even
when your dog "doesn't need a tag and a leash".
By not obeying the laws, you are only ruining it for
Not breeding your dog
because he is "so cute".
Coming to terms with
the fact that not everybody likes dogs, and asking
yourself, what can you do to ensure that your dog is
likable, even to them? Practicing the answer.
Doing your part to
help the pet overpopulation problem and keeping your
intact dog at home and away from other intact animals,
or neutering him or her to prevent future health
Teaching other humans
how to interact with your dog.
Providing your dog
with a family and a home, not just food and
shelter. Dogs are very social, and isolation from the
family will result in an unhappy, and ultimately,
Holding yourself, as
the dog owner, liable for whatever damage your dog
does, and taking steps to rectify it.
In a world where dogs
are increasingly seen as "evil" and
"vicious", Responsible Dog Ownership
is the only thing that will keep Man's Best
Friend where he should be: at our sides.
to think about:
Always keep your dog
up-to-date on vaccinations and check-ups
Feed your dog a good quality dog food
Be sure he always has
a supply of fresh, clean water
Don't overfeed your
dog or give him too much "junk." Obesity
in pets is just as dangerous as it is in humans.
It's always better for your dog to be a little
too thin than too fat. If you can't feel
his ribs when you run your hands over his flanks, he's
Keep your dog groomed
and his nails clipped. Don't bathe a dog too
often as it could dry out his skin. And you
don't need to use expensive dog shampoo - just use
whatever "people" shampoo you have around
Get a dog license and
a collar tag with your name and address on it. Consider
getting your dog a tattoo or a "Microchip" -
these will greatly increase your chances of his return
should he run off and get lost.
Do yourself and your
dog a favor and enroll him in obedience classes.
Not only will you both learn valuable lessons,
you will socialize your dog and meet other interesting
dog-owners as well.
Socialize your dog,
especially a puppy. Introduce him to all sorts
of people and situations. Just be cautious in
bringing other animals around a very young puppy that
has not yet had all his shots.
please don't keep your dog tied or fenced outside all
the time. A dog is a social animal and you and
your family are his "pack." Besides,
where is the pleasure in owning a pet you hardly ever
always clean up after your dog on walks or in the
park. Numerous park privileges have been denied
responsible pet owners because of the careless actions
of others. Don't let this be you!
a Dog from Animal Shelter:
selection of available canine companions can overwhelm
you! Any shelter dog can make a wonderful, lifelong
companion for you and your family. The key knows what to
Choosing the right dog generally means identifying the
type of animal who matches your lifestyle and wants.
If you live alone in a small, third-floor apartment,
adopting a large, active retriever mix might not be
the best choice but would be a better choice for a
larger family. A dog's size, exercise requirements,
friendliness, assertiveness and compatibility with
children should figure into your decision.
breeds and mixes. Dogs fall into one of two
categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. If you
adopt a purebred puppy, you have a good chance of
knowing how big he'll get when he gets older and what
general physical and behavioral characteristics he's
likely to have. Mixed breeds are combinations of
different breeds. When you adopt a mixed breed, you
have the benefit of getting the combined traits of two
or more different breeds in one animal and who's
likely to be free of genetic defects common to certain
purebred dogs. Mixed breeds are often the more
"natural" dog - a unique companion.
Keep in mind, the shelter is a stressful place for any
animal. A dog's true colors won't show until he is
away from this environment.
yourself these questions: How old is the dog? How
shy or assertive is the dog? How good is the animal
with children? Past information isn't always
available. In general, a dog who is active likes to be
touched and is not sensitive to handling and noise.
This dog will probably thrive in a house full of kids.
Puppies under four months, because of their fragility
and special needs, often won't be adopted out to
families with children less than six years old.
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Every dog in the shelter can provide you with
boundless love and companionship, and every dog
certainly deserves a lifelong home. Take time to make
a thoughtful choice. Select the right dog and you, and
your new companion, will enjoy those years to the