BEING A RESPONSIBLE DOG
easy enough to get a dog. The hard part is following through with proper care.
Here are some basic suggestions for responsible dog ownership:
who own dogs have to take responsibility for keeping both their dogs and
neighbors -- and neighbors' pets -- safe from one another. A dog that gets loose
once can be blamed on a mistake -- a gate left open, a fence that had a weak
spot. A dog that is loose regularly has an owner that either does not care or
does not understand what's at stake.
that dogs are dogs. Dogs chase cats, chickens and other small animals, and
sometimes they kill them. They have what's called a prey drive, an instinct
crucial to their survival as a species. Dogs can also be protective of their
territory and attack intruders. If they are running loose, their territory can
be a whole neighborhood. Obviously the bigger and stronger a dog, the more
damage it can do because of its instinct to chase or to protect its territory.
A dog on
a leash can be controlled. A dog running free cannot.
fences make good neighbors when it comes to dogs. Check for weaknesses in
fences. When no one is home, dogs should be kept in secure areas. If your
dog digs, consider building a strong kennel and putting in a hard floor or
chicken wire under the dirt floor.
time with your dog. Dogs that are socialized to people and new situations
are less likely to cause problems, even if they should get loose.
the proper veterinary care for your dog.
Neuter your dog to prevent unwanted litter of puppies.
and Register your dog and obey the dog/leash laws in your community.
the fact that not everyone likes dogs - your dog may be friendly but your
neighbor doesn't know and may not care to know.
aren't complicated provisions, but only the pet's owner can execute them. Please
take responsibility for your dog.
THIS IS A
IS THE BEST BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE, preventing unplanned pregnancies and unwanted
IT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE, restraining it from darting into
traffic, preventing injuries, suffering, death and huge veterinary bills.
IT IS THE BEST GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY, keeping your dog from trespassing,
attacking other animals, becoming a neighborhood nuisance or violating community
leash laws. It also stops your pet from inflicting injuries on
children and adults. It prevents your insurance company from dropping your
homeowner’s policy because of your dog.
IT IS THE BEST IDENTIFICATION SERVICE, with a current dog license and name tag
attached to the collar, it will help reunite you both, should your dog get lost.
IT IS THE BEST WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, keeping your dog from
harassing our wildlife, destroying irreplaceable native plants, or killing
expensive livestock by itself or as part of a wild dog pack.
IT IS THE BEST WAY TO DEVELOP AN AFFECTIONATE PET, as the cord connecting you
together encourages a unique bonding between you and your dog.
IT IS ALSO THE BEST CRIME PREVENTION DEVICE, because when this leash is not in
use, your dog will be at home protecting your family and property.
IT IS AN IMPORTANT DEMONSTRATION TO THE PUBLIC, confirming that dog owners can
be responsible, considerate people with an equal concern for the community and
© 1991 Barbara Bouyet
It's one of the
best investments you can make.
For thousands of
years dogs have responded to their instinct to den by creating one under a
table, in a corner or a closet.
To you it's a
crate, to your dog, it's a den, a home with a view. It provides a
secure area with walls all around--a forest without bugs.
housebreaking tool because dogs and wolves do not soil their den. You can
take your puppy from its home to its bathroom to teach housebreaking.
It's great for
puppy socialization, allowing your puppy to be in the middle of everything
without being in the middle.
It teaches a
puppy about time out and gives you a chance to take time for yourself.
destructive chewing when you can't be in the same place as your puppy.
It's a place
where a dog can dream about food or rest quietly knowing it's shielded from
cats, kids and other dogs.
It's a sanctuary
for your dog, a way to escape small children when it needs some space; an
opportunity to teach kids about "space" and how everything needs a
It's a familiar,
homey place for your dog because it's scented by its own body with a
soft rug and favorite old chew toy.
To an old dog
its crate is like a pair of slippers, friendly, relaxing, well worn and well
Keep your dog
safe... invest in a crate!
Some additional links about the use of dog crates and
Your Puppy or Adult Dog
How to Successfully Crate Train Your Puppy or Dog
10 COMMANDMENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE COMPANIONS TO DOGS
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you
painful for me. Remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.
have your work, entertainment, and friends. I only have you.
5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I
understand your voice.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.
7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and
scratch and I
really don't want to do that. You always win that fight.
8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask
yourself if something might be bothering me. I don't speak your
I'm not getting the right foods, or I've been out in the sun too long, or my
heart is getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You will grow old too one day.
hope someone cares.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't
bear to watch" or
"let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if
you are there.
Remember, I love you.