Responsible Dog Owners and what they look like
What does a responsible dog owner look like?
While we all have varying degrees of standards of what we find is and isn’t acceptable, there are some basics I think we can all agree on. And if you don’t agree, clearly you’re wrong. Just kidding. Kind of. When it comes to a dog’s health and happiness, I don’t mess around.
So, here are things a responsible dog owner does before even getting the pet:
- research the breed to know what you are getting in for
- reach out to people who have the same breed and ask them questions, like how much exercise do they need, are they good with kids, are they going to shed a lot?
- think through budget and how much regular shots, food, grooming, beds, toys, etc are all going to cost. If you can’t afford it, don’t.
- make sure you have a plan for training
- make sure you know where the dog will sleep, where crates will go, bowls etc before they get home
- make sure you’ve decided on which vet you will use
(Hermann at 12 weeks. We had him confined mostly to the kitchen in our first house – the floor was pee-perfect and easy to clean. He LOVED empty pop bottles.)
(When we got Eddie, Hermann was a bit unsure of it but now it’s all brotherly love.)
Once you’ve done all this and decided a dog is right for you, a responsible pet owner:
- purchases their pet from a certified breeder or adopts them from a reputable agency
And now you’ve got a happy, healthy puppy at home. And your heart melts. And you loose lots of sleep, and a pair of shoes, and a carpet because it’s been pooped on one too many times for you to clean it again. But your heart is melted so you don’t care.
And now you’re a responsible pet owner, because you:
- give them fresh, clean water on a regular basis (in clean bowls!)
- give them high quality food meeting their varying stages of nutritional needs (in clean bowls!)
- give them plenty of exercise
- give them soooo many hugs, and snuggles, and play fetch
- take care of them if they are injured or sick
- get them spayed or neutered if you aren’t a breeder (or working with a breeder)
- celebrate their birthday’s each and every year
If you’re a responsible pet owner, high five to you. Your prize? The unconditional love of your animal. Which is one of the greatest gifts on this earth.