HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER

Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a dog

Select a dog that's suited to your home and lifestyle

Keep only the type and number of dogs for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship

Commit to the relationship for the life of your dog(s)

Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation

Properly socialize and train your dog

Invest

  • Recognize that dog ownership requires an investment of time and money
  • Make sure your dog receives preventive health careas well as care for any illnesses or injuries
  • Budget for potential emergencies

Obey

  • Clean up after your dog
  • Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control
  • Don't allow your dog to stray

Identify

  • Make sure your dog is properly identified (microchips) and keep the registration up-to-date

Limit

  • Don't contribute to the dog overpopulation problem: limit your dog's reproduction through sterilization, containment or legalized, managed breeding

Prepare

  • Prepare for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit
  • Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your dog
  • Recognize any decline in your dog's quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian

 

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