dog ownership

Dogs are attentive, loyal, life-affirming, and understanding companions. But owning a dog means taking responsibility for him and making sure your relationship is built on a solid foundation. That’s where these rules come into play: They can help you create a tighter bond with your pet by establishing roles, rules, and routines.

  1. Love, admire and respect your dog.  Consider your dog a child who expects to get the necessary signals of love, support, protection, and respect from his dear parents. Do not ever try to overcome the necessity of your canine for support and love, by disregarding his calls to play, walk, or by leaving him behind. Remember the fact that you have your family, friends, a job, a hobby – while your dog has no one but you and you are his priority.Your dog is a wonderful, beautiful and intelligent member of the canine species. Be patient with him. Don’t hurt, abandon, or ignore him. Get help before you give up on him.
  2. Spay/neuter. Consult your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your dog if you know you will not breed him. These procedures help to control the severe pet population problem, and also have health benefits for both male and female dogs.
  3. Routine health care. Provide regular veterinary care for your dog. Annual vaccinations, checkups, and dental exams are essential to good health. Your dog’s lifespan is too short (10-13 years) and he has no one to take care of him but you. Make sure to show that you are ready to be there for the dog anytime he needs your care, support, protection, and love.
  4. Dog license and ID. Rabies vaccination and licensing are required by law. In addition, you should identify your dog with a name tag, tattoo, or computer chip in case he gets lost.
  5. Healthy diet. Feed your dog a balanced diet and provide fresh water at all times.
  6. Train your dog. After all, good manners don’t just happen. So be patient and follow a proper training routine. If you need help training your dog, there are many articles on this site that can help. And if you still need assistance, ask your vet to recommend a good trainer or dog obedience school in your area.
  7. Keep your dog clean and groomed. Regular grooming keeps your dog looking his best and helps to detect and control skin parasites that could be passed to people.
  8. Play with your dog. Dogs appreciate playing with others, same as people do. They absolutely adore interacting in those identical actions repeatedly, with no specific reason, just for the sake of being entertained while interacting with others. Involve your dog in a game for at least 30 minutes daily with you and other people, dogs or animals. There are so many interesting games dogs enjoy playing. Yet, make sure the dog does not take the game too seriously as this might end up in a dogfight and in a destructive behavior towards you or other people.  Playtime should last at 20–30 minutes a day. Avoid chase games, tug of war, and wrestling.
  9. Exercise your dog. A cheerful dog is a dog of a healthy mind and well worked out body. Think of getting your dog for a walk and run daily, so he can keep his unneeded energy away and get his muscles working, in the meantime discovering new localities, meeting new people, dogs, and animals. Depending on the age and breed of your dog, a good exercise session should last at least 30 minutes daily. And it’s not just good for your dog—it’s a great way for both of you to keep in shape.
  10. Socialize your dog.  A dog that is not suitably socialized is prone to become bored stiff and unhealthy. A Dog is absolutely a social being, enjoying a lot meeting other people or animals and sharing a little time fun with them. Get your dog to the park more often and offer him the opportunity to freely interact with others (new people or animals) – but only when you feel your dog is not offensive towards strangers. Provide your dog with a chance to socialize with people and other dogs. Try not to keep him cooped up in the house or yard because it could lead to barking and aggressive behavior.
  11. Know and obey local leash laws. Not everyone likes dogs.  Some cultures perceive dogs in ways that may differ from your own so even a friendly dog running up to them is very distressing.  Someone truly afraid may act out of fear and injure your dog.  Property owners can be particular about dogs on their lawns.  A dog on a leash shows that you are in control of your dog and that you respect those who wish to keep their distance from your dog.  It is good neighbor policy to keep your pet on leash and from becoming a nuisance to others around you. When in doubt, keep him leashed when you’re both out and about.
  12. Scoop that poop. Your dog is not a human, so he might end up pooping in the most frequented public areas. However, it is on the owner’s responsibility to make sure it cleans up after his dog’s poop in public areas. Take a poop bag with you all the times you walk your dog outside. Always clean up after your dog in public places.
  13. Learn Your Dog Three Essential Dog Commands – Your dog needs your direction on how to properly behave and fit into the human’s world. Dogs do not learn suddenly same we people do, so offering your dog the proper training is essential. Start by teaching your dog the essential commands such as: Limitation (Sit, Down, and Stand) – Sit is the command most dogs seem to learn first, Returning (Come) – Coming when called is a skill that could save your dog’s life, Resting (Stay) – It is very useful to have a dog who will stay on command as well. When the dog masters on these commands include other commands into your dog’s training routine.
  14. Take Care of Dog’s Hygiene And Look – Take care of the dog same as you do of your children. Brush your dog’s teeth and groom him regularly to make sure he does not hold microbes and parasites. Wash your dog regularly as well. Avoid leaving your dog’s hygiene behind, as it is an important factor of dog’s and other family members’ welfare.