Responsible dog ownership

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When you welcome a new member into your family it’s one thing, but once you get comfortable with the latest addition to the family, it could lead to you neglecting your responsibilities as a dog owner.

Being a responsible adult dog owner:

  • It’s still a lifelong commitment.
  • Give your dog his/her own space to be a dog.
  • Visit the vet on a regular basis and make sure his/her vaccinations are kept up to date.
  • Spend time with your dog.
  • If you start a family, introduce your dog to the new member of the family (dog and children do work well together if managed correctly.)
  • Include your dog in your budget.
  • They say an old dog can’t learn new tricks, but that doesn’t mean it has to forget what it’s been taught. Always keep the level of discipline with your dog.
  • Pick up after your dog.
  • Stick to the routine you and your dog have developed over time.
  • Groom your dog – like most people, dogs feel good when they look good.
  • Give your dog the right diet for its age, breed and size.
  • Bond with your dog.
  • Keep your dog active with games and regular walks.
  • Get your dog sterilized if you don’t intend to breed with him or her.
  • Let your dog socialise with other dogs – take him or her for walks on the leash in a dog-friendly park.
  • Take your dog to training – it’s great for the dogs and the owners.
  • Microchip your dog in case he/she gets lost.
  • Never leave your pet at home alone for long periods of time.