Responsible Dog Ownership ...Responsible dog ownership starts
BEFORE you purchase your dog. You should spend as much time as possible
researching the different breeds to find which is most suitable to you and your
lifestyle, as well as individual breeders before deciding on one that will
provide you with a healthy, happy puppy, and as much after sales assistance as
Furthermore, most of the states and territories' in Australia have
an Animal Companion Act in place in some form or other,
Obviously, dependant on the country you are in,
legislation may differ, so you should check with your local and or ruling
statutory body with respect to what legislation you should abide by (if
Ever wondered what is in the Companion Animal Act 1998 of New South Wales
is or what responsible Dog Ownerships actually can do for you and what does
it actually mean?
Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
- Prepare for the arrival of your new pup or dog BEFORE you bring him home
i.e.: make sure you have the food that he is used to eating, a collar, a lead,
food and water bowls, appropriate toys and a bed for him to sleep on.
- Obtain the telephone number of a local vet (preferably one with
references from another dog owner) and stick it to your fridge permanently.
It is also a good idea to have your new puppy vet checked as soon as
possible as some breeder's health guarantees, particularly for communicable
diseases, are only for a few days.
- Contact your local council to get your dog's licence tags or make
sure they know about his Microchip! (so he doesn't get destroyed just in
case he escapes and is picked up by a ranger) and for details as to Dog laws
in your area. The council will also be able to advise you of areas which are
suitable for exercising dogs, on and off lead.
- Make sure your dog is wormed regularly (every three months for
intestinal worms, as directed for heart worm) and is vaccinated yearly.
- Make sure your dog receives good quality food and that fresh water is
- Make sure your dog is groomed, clean and generally looked after as every
breed has their own requirements such as keeping grass burrs out of long
coats or ensure white or short costed dogs don't get sun burn.
- One of the most responsible things that you can do as a dog owner is
take your dog to
OBEDIENCE classes . Not only will your dog respond to you better, but
you will also be able to socialize your dog with other dogs which is very
important. It may well save your dogs life if he gets off the lease on a
busy street and you are able to call him back
- If you are not planning to show your dog or breed from it PLEASE have it
DE-SEXED regardless of whether it is male or female. This will not only
decrease the number of unwanted and abandoned puppies but can also prevent
your pet from developing life threatening health problems, including
infections and cancer that affect BOTH sexes.
- Do not breed from your dog unless you have received an unbiased
judgement on your dogs suitability from at LEAST one EXPERT breeder. The
breeder you purchased your dog from would be a good place to get a judgement
from and they should also be able to suggest a suitable partner
(particularly a Stud dog if you have a bitch). IF your dog is suitable for
breeding. You should only breed in order to improve the breed - NOT for any
possible monetary gain, or because it would be a good experience for the
- Never leave a dog in a car unattended (It is illegal in NSW!). Dogs can die in less than ten
minutes in a hot car.
- If you cannot completely control your dog at all times (even if a cat
runs under its nose!!) please keep it on a lead. You may prevent your dog
from being hit by a car, mauled by another dog or from being a nuisance to
- If your dog makes a mess in a public place - please clean it up,
particularly if it is on someone's front lawn!
- Don't let your dog wander around your neighbourhood - it might get hit
by a car, picked up by a ranger, mauled in a dog fight or eat poisoned bait,
not to mention picking up worms and diseases.
- Be courteous to other people - just because you don't mind Rover jumping
and slobbering all over you, does not mean that other people will appreciate
the same treatment.
- Ensure that you have a secure, well fenced yard for your dog with
adequate shelter from the elements. Regularly check the fencing and repair
any damaged areas that may allow your dog to escape or injure itself - also
check behind shrubbery along the fence line in case your dog is digging
under the fence.
- As well as the Council tags, your dog should have identification tags
with contact information to allow for quick return if he/she gets lost. The
information tags should have at least ONE telephone number, but preferably
two - yours and either a friend, relative or vet in case your dog is
injured) and your address. If your dog requires medical treatment, this can
be inscribed on the tag if there is enough space and is likely to ensure
your dog is returned to you quickly. One of the problems with ID tags is
that the collar can get broken or lost, but there are many programmes
operating around the world that involve either tattooing or micro chipping
dogs - contact your local council or Canine Controlling body for more
information about these programmes in your area.
- If you know that your dog is aggressive or unfriendly to people or other
dogs do something about it. Keep your dog on a lead when you take it for a
walk, warn other people before they get too close and seek professional
training advice. In many cases, dog aggression can be avoided by proper
socialisation during the puppy stage.
You could visit The Australian
The Australian Department of Local Government and obtain further information
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