August 30 2015
Everyone would like to believe they are a
responsible dog owner. After all, you provide the basics which include food and
Unfortunately, that's not enough. Although good
nutrition and a warm and inviting place to live is important, there's so much
more to owning a dog. Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it's a
responsibility. It is not a commitment you should enter into lightly because it
involves a large financial and emotional obligation.
In honor of September being AKC Responsible Dog
Owner Month, Bark Busters would like to offer you some tips for being the best
dog owner you can possibly be:
- ·Spay or neuter your dog. Spayed/neutered dogs live longer and
healthier lives. The best age to spay or neuter your dog is right before
puberty – five to six months old. Don't contribute to our country's pet
- ·Train your dog. You owe it to yourself and your dog to
have a well-trained dog. Your dog wants to please you – he just doesn't know
how unless he/she is taught. For instance, make sure your dog is not a nuisance
by barking uncontrollably in the backyard while you are gone. Excessive
barking, chewing, digging and aggression are just some of the behavioral
problems Bark Busters can help you with.
- ·Keep your dog healthy. Make sure you take your dog to the vet
annually and get all of his vaccinations and shots. It's important that your
dog eats healthy, nutritious foods and has clean water at all times. Bathe and
groom your dog on a regular basis.
- ·Tag your dog. If your dog should get loose, he needs
proper identification so he can find his way back to you. Your dog should have
a tag with your name, address, and phone number. Ask your Bark Buster trainer
about our WaggTagg pet identifier.
- ·Exercise your dog. A bored dog is a mischievous dog. Make
sure you walk and exercise your dog regularly, which will benefit him both
physically and mentally.
- ·Keep your dog safe. It's important that you keep your dog
safe and not let him run loose around the neighborhood. If going outside, make
sure you use a leash in public. In case of a disaster have a pet evacuation kit
- ·Pick up after your dog. If you are taking your dog for a walk,
always carry poop bags and scoop your dog's poop. It's not fair to others to
step into your dog's waste. Additionally, obey all local ordinances when it
comes to licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
Remember that the benefits of pet ownership come
with obligations and it is important for pet owners to provide for their pet's needs
in many ways. Getting a dog is a serious commitment, one that should not be
taken lightly. Make sure to pick a breed of dog that fits in with your family's
For more tips on being a responsible dog owner,
visit our Bark Busters website.