January 31 2015
That little puppy is so cute, how can you resist his sad
eyes? He seems to be calling your name.
However, before you adopt a dog from the shelter or purchase a dog,
consider how much responsibility it is.
Being a good, safe, responsible dog owner takes a time and
financial commitment. It's more than just providing your dog with food and
shelter. With February being Responsible Pet Owner Month we just wanted to give
you some tips for being the best dog owner you can be. Remember that depending on the breed, your
dog may be with you for the next 10 - 15 years!
- Big vs.
small. Choose a breed of dog best suited to your lifestyle and home
environment. The decision to get a dog should not be impulsive. It requires
planning and much forethought, especially if you are thinking about a puppy. Bigger
dogs may need a backyard or a larger space to play and more exercise. Smaller
dogs can be more suitable if you live in an apartment and generally cost less
Make sure your dog has identification, either in the form of a tag, tattoo, or
microchip. If you move, don't forget to change the information on his
Having a dog that misbehaves all the time is exhausting. Know that your dog
wants to please you - he just doesn't know how. Train your dog to obey so you
can have a well behaved family pet that you can enjoy for years to come. Dogs
are often sent to shelters because dog owners can't handle their problems that
could be overcome by proper training.
All dogs need exercise for physical and mental stimulation. Plus, it's good for
dog owners too!
Particularly if your dog has any allergies, talk to your vet about the right
food for your dog that may change as he goes from puppy to mature. Also, 50% of
dogs are obese, so a regulated diet can help him stay at the proper weight.
Different states and counties have different laws regarding pets in terms of
registration. It is important to obey all local ordinances including licensing
and leash requirements.
Just like an infant needs well baby checks, your puppy/dog need to see your vet
annually and be up-to-date on shots and vaccinations.
Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and
neutered live healthier, longer lives. Plus, spayed a neutered pets are less
likely to developbehavior
problems like aggression. Unless you want to breed your dog, consider
having it spayed/neutered to help prevent the overpopulation of pets.
And most importantly, love your pet. You are the center of
his universe and he craves your affection and attention.