Responsible Dog Ownership

Owning a dog is a serious responsibility, one that should not be taken lightly. But what exactly does being a responsible dog owner mean? Well, when broken down, it is easy, but it does involve a few different elements.

First of all, you've got to make sure that your dog does not become a nuisance to others. Your dog shouldn't be out roaming the streets, destroying property, chasing animals or children, leaving excrement in the park, barking incessantly, etc. In sum, it really comes down to proper control of your dog, good dog training, cleaning up after your good friend, and giving him or her the proper attention and exercise that is needed. Here are some golden rules for owning a dog.

There are many reasons people will get a dog, and it is difficult to say the one "right" reason to do so. But, to put it simply dogs are great companions and should be considered part of the family. They serve a lot of different purposes such as an alarm, a hunting companion, an exercise partner, a playmate, a show dog, etc.; but, these should all be added bonuses to the one key trait-a great addition to the family.

You should be committed to properly training and socializing during the critical time early in his life. You might consider a dog obedience training school if you need help. You should become involved in activities that both you and your dog find enjoyable such as agility training, fetch, Frisbee, running, swimming or learning tricks. You should protect him from any harm, instill good doggy manners and teach him what is right from wrong.

Most importantly, you will commit your dog a lifelong companion that you will love and care for, provide good nutrition and hygiene, regularly exercise, provide mental stimulation, regular check-ups and vaccinations and lots of love and attention.

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