What is responsible dog ownership? Did you know September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month? I thought it would be a good time to list some of the things that make people responsible dog owners.
The first, and I think the most important part of being a responsible dog owner is providing food, water, a place to live, proper veterinary care, and lots of love. Every dog wants a good home and to hang out with their humans whenever they can. We love feeling the love!
Once you have your dog, you never want to lose her, so proper identification is a must! Dogs should wear an ID tag and be chipped. You can never have to much ID if you should happen to get lost. Humans need to make sure the information on the ID tags and with the chip companies is always up to date! Our collars and tags are part of our daily fashion.
Falling heavily under the word responsible in responsible pet ownership is getting your dog spayed or neutered. There are plenty of unwanted puppies in the world, and you don’t want to bring in any more. Responsible breeding is a fine thing if you are set up for it, but most dogs should not be having puppies. I was spayed at four years old, and was a real baby about it all. Being a rare breed, Mom contemplated breeding me, but then decided it was not the right thing for her to do.
We dogs need training. Every dog needs at least basic obedience training to be a well mannered pup. Training can also take the form of dog sport which are super fun and a great bonding opportunity for dogs and their owners. Going to classes with your dog will help keep them social by seeing and being around other dogs. Staying fit is also another form of training.
Mental and physical exercise is a big part of keeping your dog healthy and being a responsible dog owner. Dogs like to do things, they need a job. Dogs who are not challenged mentally and physically are the dogs who tend to get into trouble a lot. Get out there and play with your dog. A dog alone in a yard is not going to do much all alone besides getting bored.
Cleaning up after your dog is a huge part of responsible dog ownership. No one wants to find dog poop lying around. Pick it up right away at home and on your walks, it is the right thing to do!
Stuff happens, but when it happens to you, are you prepared. What if there is a storm or a fire, do you have a plan for your dog? Make sure you are ready for any emergencies that may come up where you live.
Follow your local laws and ordinances. Get your dog a license if it is required. If your dog is ever lost, it may help get them back to you. Think about your neighbors and don’t let your dog be the one who is outside barking non stop at all hours of the day and night. Keep your dog on leash if leashes are required. Leash laws are there for a reason!
What do you think? Are you a responsible dog owner? If you are, make sure you enter to win my big birthday giveaway, your dog will love you for it! The giveaway turns into a pumpkin on Sunday night, so hurry!