The American Dog Trainers Network

RESPONSIBLE PET CARE

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What is a "responsible dog owner"?

Being a responsible dog owner means being responsible for one own dog, as well as showing consideration towards one's neighbors, and community.


Responsible pet care means providing:

 

  •  Food (healthy, well-balanced dog food)

     
  •  Fresh clean water

     
  •  Shelter (from inclement weather, and from extreme temperatures)

     
  •  Veterinary Care

     
  •  Immunization (Rabies, Distemper, Hepititis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Corona)

     
  •  Parasite prevention/treatment (against fleas, ticks, worms, etc.)

     
  •  Elimination access (3-4 times daily for adult dogs)

     
  •  Grooming (brushing, bathing, etc.)

     
  •  Exercise, play, socialization and stimulation (backyard exercise is not enough)

     
  •  Companionship, interaction and affection

     
  •  Humane treatment & handling

     
  •  Obedience training (using humane methods)

     


Responsible dog owners also:

 

  •  Safeguard one's dog by leashing it when on public property

     
  •  Attach identification tags to dog's collar (along with dog lisense and rabies tag)

     
  •  Prevent one's dog from roaming by keeping it safety confined to one's property or home

     
  •  Abide by all local laws and ordinances petaining to pet ownership

     
  •  Spay or neuter their pet quality and mixed-breed dogs

     


 

Recommended Books:

Dog Law
(Nolo Press)

Copyright 1995 - 2000,  Robin Kovary

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
 and canine behavioral consultant.