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.
Responsible Dog Ownership Means:
the time to thoroughly research your decision to have a
that a pet is for LIFE,
and dedicating yourself to the life of your dog
the effort into proper care of your puppy (proper
veterinary care, vaccinations, de-worming, and proper
all you can about proper feeding, making healthy choices.
the time to properly
socialize your dog or puppy.
in proper health care throughout your dog's life.
your dog through gentle means to be a good canine citizen.
your dog not be a nuisance, and helping him achieve that
your children to respect animals and not abuse them
through play (this is also Responsible Parenting).
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 everyone else.
breeding your dog because he is "so cute".
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.
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
other humans how to interact with your dog.
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,
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
to think about:
keep your dog up-to-date on vaccinations and check-ups
your dog a good quality dog food
sure he always has a supply of fresh, clean water
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 too fat.
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 the
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.
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.
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, 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 bother
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!
Adoption a Dog from Animal Shelter:
The 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 look for:
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
different 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.
Pal for Life.
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 fullest.