Guidelines for Responsible Dog Ownership
Responsible dog owners have to consider many things in caring for their animals. Here’s a basic checklist:
- 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.
- Microchipped to ensure it is permanently identified.
- 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 have any concerns, seek help as soon as possible
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.
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