How To Be A Responsible Dog Owner
Taking on a dog is a big responsibility, and it’s important that you understand what is expected of you. If you haven't had a dog before then speak to friends and family who have dogs, they will be able to explain what is involved when it comes to looking after a dog. You will need to dedicate some serious time to looking after your new pooch. If you aren't sure what is involved, here are a few things you will need to do in order to be a responsible dog owner.
You will need to teach your dog basic commands so that you can keep control of them in public and at home. Some of the most important basic commands include sit, stay and the ability to recall your dog. If you want to provide your dog with further training ten you can take them to training classes to improve their obedience.
As a dog owner you need to make sure your dog is well socialised. You need to be confident that they are ok with other dogs. Try and socialise your dog from a young age so that they can learn how to behave around other dogs. Some dogs will not be good around other dogs, and that's OK as long as you take the necessary precautions. Muzzle your dog in public if there is any chance they will be aggressive with other dogs.
Clean Up After Your Dog
This is a very basic rule for dog owners but one that is often broken. Make sure you always have dog poo bags on you when you are out and about with your dog. If you don't clean up after your dog you could face a hefty fine.
Keep an eye out for any health issues and if you think your dog is getting unwell then take them to the vet as soon as possible. If you take out pet insurance then you won't have to worry about paying huge vets bills. Check your dog’s body regularly for any cuts, grazes or skin problems. It's surprising how easy it is to miss things that aren't in obvious or easily visible places.
Your dog will need regular vaccinations. It's worth doing a bit of research on vaccinations before you get a dog so that you know what costs are involved. You can also decide what your dog will need to be protected from. Giving your dog vaccinations will help reduce the chances of them getting some common illnesses and diseases and prevent them from passing them on to other dogs. Here is some basic information on vaccinations
Most dogs need between one and two hours of walks a day, some need even more than this. You need to be able to take your dog out for a good walk every day so that they can get the exercise they need. Try and choose a dog breed that suits your lifestyle, some dogs have less exercise requirements so they might be a better choice if you find it hard to fit in very long walks.
Leaving Your Dog
You need to be at home for your dog on a daily basis, you can't leave them at home for 8 hours every day. If you are in full time work and there is no one at home to look after a dog then you shouldn't get one. Most dogs need someone to be at home for the majority of the time and shouldn't be left for more than about 4 hours.