With all the companionship and love that our dogs give so freely, it’s not uncommon to find owners who don’t take responsibility for their dogs. That is precisely true as thousands of healthy dogs are dying every year in our homes, on the streets and other shelter locations across the country. Whether through owner’s neglect or ignorance, thousands of healthy dogs will endure the same fate this year. So, what should your/ mine responsibility as a dog owner be? The best thing you can do, as a dog owner, is to ensure that your dog doesn’t become part of the dying numbers and you do this through being a responsible pet owner.
Welcoming a new dog into your house means taking on an additional long-term responsibility, and if you are not physically, emotionally and financially ready for that responsibility, please don’t dare. Many new dog owners finds it cute buying that puppy they saw at a friend home or that cute looking muscular Boerboel, a neighbor walks on the street every morning until they realize that there’s a modicum of work involved in caring for that lovely, adorable little face, and a price to pay for those wet, slobbering kisses. You wouldn’t expect to return a baby, and it’s no less wrong with returning a dog when the novelty wears off, and it ought to be a criminal offense to leave a dog somewhere on its own. In many ways, dogs are as vulnerable as newborn infants are, but dogs are dependent upon their owners for their entire lives.
Listed below you’ll find necessary steps to being a responsible dog owner, and many of them are just common sense rules.
1. Selecting Your Dog – visit a local and verified breeder or your vet to help you in the selection process of your new puppy. When choosing a breed, so many things should be considered such as the purpose for wanting the dog as a security dog or strictly as a pet/companion, your kind of apartment(consider your neighbors if you have one), be sure your immediate family wants a companion as well.
2. Visit a verified veterinarian– Contact a veterinarian, ask the vet to run the usual series of tests on your new companion and to give the necessary vaccination and routine medications
3. Spay or Neuter Your Dog – Responsible pet owners always spay and or neuter their dogs and cats. There are far more dogs waiting for adoption than there are owners to adopt them. You are excused only if you intend to breed professionally and if you intend to do this make sure you join the local breeders association to learn more. We already have too many badly bred dogs
4. Provide Medical Care – Aside from the annual physical examination and vaccinations, protect your dog from heartworm, ticks, and fleas. Talk to your vet about the many options available today. Contact your vet at the first sign that something is wrong with your dog.
5. Provide Adequate Food and Water – Provide food suited to your dog’s age, size, and condition. Consult your vet for available options and advice
6. Walk Your Dog – Regularly walking your dog is good for your dog’s overall health and this is also good for your health
7. Provide Exercise and Recreation – Provide ample space, dog toys and the opportunity for your pet to exercise. If you haven’t thrown a Frisbee in twenty years, you’ll be surprised how much fun it is to try to outsmart your dog.
8. Protect Your Dog from Abuse – be sure to protect your dog from angry neighbors, some are looking forward to poison or beat your dog for no apparent reason even if there are reasons to do so, no reason is viable enough. So, watch!
9. Discourage Aggressive Behavior – You’ll know the difference between hearty play and aggressive behavior. Contact your vet at the first sign of aggressive behavior to discuss your options.
10. Coping with Serious Illness and Geriatric Dogs –Geriatric dogs are prone to many of the same illnesses that plague geriatric humans. You’ll want to do everything in your power to keep your dog comfortable at the end, but at some point, it may become necessary to end the suffering. If you’ve been a responsible dog owner throughout the dog’s life, you’ll want to end that life just as responsibly as you cared for it.