Responsible Dog Ownership
Responsible dog ownership begins with the basics, but actually goes much further. Making sure your dog has food, water, adequate shelter, daily exercise and is in good health is just the beginning.
As a responsible dog owner you need to take the necessary time and effort to learn and understand your obligations and responsibilities. Dog ownership is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You have obligations and responsibilities to your dog and to society according to the law.
Dog owners who are responsible ALWAYS have their dog under complete control when it is in public! You MUST control your dog at all times by using physical restraint or voice commands. Remember, you will have big problems and possibly face a fine or loss of your dog if it hurts someone.
If Your Dog …
- bites or hurts someone, it’s your fault.
- runs off and causes an accident, that’s your fault too.
- gets away from you it could be hit by a car and be fatally injured. That would be your fault too.
An experienced dog trainer or behaviorist can help you if you need help controlling your dog. We offer Basic Dog Obedience sessions all of the time.
So, don’t put off training. Because if an accident happens, it may just be too late! Your dog’s life is your responsibility. Dogs are just like a child. They depend on you for safety, guidance and leadership. You need to be able to control your dog under every possible circumstance.
Responsible dog owners also respect other people’s right to NOT have your dog jump up on Save them. Some people just don’t like dogs or are afraid of dogs. You may think your dog is only “playing” or “just being friendly” and in most cases he/she wouldn’t hurt anyone. But you need to be aware that your dog can “sense” fear.
If it happens to sense the fear in a stranger, it may see that fear as a threat and could bite them. If your dog is ever seen as a threat, your dog can be found to be a “Dangerous Dog” and it could be taken away from you. It could even be destroyed.