Responsible Dog Ownership: What it Means

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  • Lifetime Commitment. A dog is for life. Dogs will live for, on average, between eight and sixteen years, depending upon the breed. You adopt a pup, you can’t change your mind when he gets big, gets sick, misbehaves, or gets old. Dogs have feelings just like humans do, and giving up a pet is traumatic to the dog, even if not for you. Consider your pet as an intrinsic family member and household circumstances must take him into account once he has been taken into your family.

 

  • Ongoing Bonding. Bonding is a continuous Dogs want simply to be with their owners; to be loved and given attention. When you’re away from home, they are just waiting for your return. They love you more than you can ever imagine.

 

  • Attention to Identification. Every dog should be microchipped and wear an ID tag. If you relocate, change contact details on the microchip and get a new ID tag.

 

  • Spaying and Neutering. Unless you are an approved and registered PROFESSIONAL breeder, you need to make sure your dog’s bloodline stops with them. Indiscriminate breeding is cruel to the mum and the pups. Too many puppies are surrendered, abandoned, or mistreated. Do not be a backyard breeder to make an easy buck. Reputable dog breeders are approved, have experience, have vet involvement at some point, and are part of a network of other responsible breeders.

 

  • Vaccinate your Dog. Dogs need to be vaccinated and vet checked every year. This not only keeps your pet healthy, but helps keep young pups and senior dogs that might cross his path from getting sick.

 

  • Train Your Dog. A trained dog is a happy dog. Dogs love to please and to be well socialised. A dog that can behave and obey its owner will be welcome in public and group situations and be safer for all. Reward good behaviour with plenty of praise.

 

  • Provide for your Dog’s Basic Needs. It’s simple: Fresh Water daily. Adequate amounts of quality food. Shelter. A comfortable place to rest. Mental stimulation. Exercise. Attention and affection.

 

  • Respect Others. Keep your dog within a fenced boundary. Walk it on a leash. Never leave him unsupervised outside your property. Don’t keep a barking dog outside – it is traumatic to the dog and annoying to other residents in your area. Always pick up after your dog whether you’re on a walk, at a dog park, on the beach or in the bush.

 

 

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