We may not say it outright but underlying all the adventure stories, reviews, promotion of dog heath and fitness, recommendations and advice is that we believe in responsible dog ownership. The American Kennel Club has deemed September responsible dog owner month.
To celebrate we are listing our 3 favorite posts related to being a responsible dog owner.
Trail etiquette when hiking with your dog
Off-Leash dog park etiquette
Maintaining a healthy weight for your dog
For more guidelines, check out the American Kennel Club’s Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise.
Dogs bring so much to our lives. They are our companions, loyal friends, cheer us up when we are not feeling well and are always happy to see us.
Along with the many benefits of dog ownership also comes great responsibility. Please make sure not to get a dog until you have thought really long and hard about it.
Do you know the characteristics of your dog breed and are they the right fit for your family? Do you have the time required to properly train your dog? Can you exercise them regularly? Are you willing to only rent a place that allows dogs and pay extra if you do? Do you plan to have a child soon? Who will watch them if you have to go out of town? Can you afford to take them to the vet for a checkup at least annually? Are you willing to always pick up your dog’s poo? What if your dog has behavioral issues you didn’t expect?
Unfortunately, the unforeseen can strike anybody but the shelter is full of dogs who were surrendered by people who didn’t thoroughly think it through first. When the unforeseen does happen, a responsible dog owner need to be prepared to either keep their dog at all costs or find it a suitable home (and advertising them for free on Craigslist to anyone who will take them doesn’t count).
And PLEASE, if you are looking for a canine addition to your family, consider rescuing a dog in need instead of buying from a breeder. We do not pass judgement but thousands of dogs die senselessly every year because they don’t find a home in time. Also, most breeders use a dog as breeding stock for a couple of years and then get rid of them when they no longer serve their purpose. If you ARE going to purchase a pre-bred puppy from a breeder, please do your research and make sure they are a responsible one.
Happy Responsible Dog Owner Month.