1. My life will likely last 10 to 15 years; separating from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.
3. Place your trust in me; I will always trust you. Respect me not given as an inalienable right.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment; I cannot understand why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you.
5. Talk to me. I know your voice and tone, even if I don’t understand your words. You only have to look at my tail.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it; if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever.
7. Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I don’t ever want to do that
8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods, I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old and may also need love, respect, comfort, and attention.
10. Go with me on complex 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, regardless of what you do;
Referenced from Author Stan Rawlinson – 1993 – The 10 Commandments From a Dog’s Perspective | PETA. https://www.peta.org/living/animal-companions/10-commandments-dogs-perspective/