Tips For Responsible Dog Ownership

Dogs take a lot of energy, and they need a commitment from you for life. Here are some things that you can think about before you decide to add a furry friend.

Giving your dog a lot of love and attention is a given for most of us. In fact, that can be one of the easiest parts about owning a canine. But dogs take a lot of energy, and they need a commitment from you for life.  Your dog has some basic needs, like access to a toilet space, food, water, and a walk. Yet, there is still more to responsible dog ownership than that.  It would help if you also were well-prepped in case of an emergency for you and the dog’s. 

Here are some things that you can think about before you decide to get a puppy. 

Puppy or Dog

One of the first decisions you will need to make is, do you want to adopt a dog, or would you prefer a puppy? There is no wrong answer, everyone is different, and some adopted dogs have a past that you can’t be sure about. 

Look at your circumstances and don’t discount adoption. However, if you decide to buy puppies, make sure you look for a reputable breeder with well-updated pages and registered puppies like this page

Time

After you have given serious consideration to the commitment, a dog will require. It would be best if you had a set time that you can devote to your dog. Sure, your dog will be around you all the time. Sitting at your feet while you work or at the foot of the bed while you sleep. Your dog deserves some time out of every day; that is just for them. 

Snuggling and talking to your dog can count as time together too. Just make sure that no matter what, you can give your dog that dedicated time. 

ID

You should make sure that your dog has an easy to read tag and is wearing a collar at all times. This tag should have your number, address, and the number of the vet. It would help if you also thought about microchipping your dog. 

If your dog happens to run away and is found, a vet can scan them and return them to you. This will avoid them being placed in a homeless shelter. 

Many dogs don’t have a collar and identity tags; you must ensure that your dog has a tag. This is a crucial part of responsible dog ownership. 

Getting Fixed

No matter if you have a male dog or a female dog, you must get them spayed or neutered. For most dogs, this is the best course of action. There are millions of dogs that are euthanized each year due to ‘back yard breeders.’

If you have purchased a dog from a bloodline that you intend to continue, you should make sure that you have looked into responsible breeding. 

Respecting Others

Your dog should be able to be around other people and other dogs and animals without issue. One of the best ways to make sure your dog is well socialized is to make sure you take them to training classes as young as possible. 

While in some settings, it is okay to let your (well trained) dog off the leash, like woods and wide-open spaces, you need to have your dog on a leash most of the time. This gives you maximum control over your dog should you need it. 

It also allows you to train your dog for simple skills like crossing the road. 

Barking dogs can be a horrible time for all of your neighbors. A barking dog left outside is very antisocial and can cause many issues. You must take your dog to train and work with a dog behaviorist to help reduce the barking. 

Toilet

Your dog will need to go to the toilet multiple times a day. When you take your dog for a walk, you must pick up after your dog. Use a doggy poop bag and dispose of your dog’s poop in the best way possible. 

You can get dispensers that are attached to the dog’s leash. 

Healthy

Your dog should have fresh water every day, and they should also have plenty of fresh food too. Your dog needs to have high-quality nutrition. There are going to be proper food measurements and the right balance that should be researched. 

A blanched diet is one of the most important things for the dog’s physical and mental wellness. 

Multiple walks every day will benefit you and your dog. The walking will allow your dog to burn off some energy and helps them stay true to their survival instincts. 

Your dog will also need regular check-ups to take care of its health. In the early weeks, you will be taking your dog to the vets for immunizations to help them be immune to some of the most deadly dog diseases. Boosters in the following years will help maintain that immunization. 

Insurance

To help take care of your dog’s medical costs if they were to get ill or in an accident, you should have the right insurance for your dog. There are many different insurance brands that you compare using a pet insurance comparison website

Treats

We all love to give our dogs some treats, but there is a limit to how many treats and what you should be giving to your dogs. Dog treats tend to be high in fat and sugars, which isn’t great for your dog. You can make dog treats in your home that are healthier and with less sugar and fat. 

Treats can be used for different training levels and can support you in your quest to get the desired behavior. 

Conclusion

Taking care of a dog is a highly-rewarding life long job. However, it is essential to remember that you also need to take care of the dog’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. 

Regular vet visits, understanding your dog’s breed correctly, working with your vet to create a care plan for every phase of your dog’s life. 

Responsible dog ownership is a joy for you and your dog.

For more great dog-related resources, including dog-training consulting services, set aside some time to spot by Acme Canine.

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