Guidelines for Responsible Dog Ownership
Responsible dog owners have to consider many things in caring for their animals. Here’s a basic checklist:
If you have any concerns, seek help as soon as possible
- Regular flea and worm treatments, health checks, heartworm tablets and vaccinations.
- Regular baths and grooming.
- Basic obedience training so it can “sit”, “stay”, “come” and “heel” on command.
- Register the dog with local government.
- Sterilised if not to be used for breeding (reduced registration fees apply).
- Adequately confined and is not allowed to stray or wander.
- Does not engage in nuisance barking.
- Does not attack people or other animals.
- Is properly exercised and involved in family activities.
- An owner who is prepared to learn how to care for its health and understand its behaviour
If you are concerned about your dog, don’t delay in finding help from a veterinarian, Ranger, dog trainer or other pet care professional.
Websites, books and other written material may also help.
Further information on this website can be found on Registering your dog
, Sterilising your dog
, Nuisance barking dogs
and Dogs in public places