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Posted on 03-19-2014
Owning a dog is a responsibility, not just a privilege; they depend on us for food, shelter, companionship, and much more. If you have recently taken a dog under your wing or are considering, you should put some serious thought into the commitment that comes with the ownership and always make sure you’re fulfilling all of your obligations as a dog owner.
Below are a few points from a list constructed by the AKC
that contains essential ways to become the best dog owner you can be:
Evaluate your lifestyle and determine which dog would be the best fit, ask as many questions as you can think of before buying/adopting, consider an older dog – puppies aren’t for everyone, prepare yourself (and your house) before bringing the newest addition to the family home, make a schedule of who is responsible for which tasks, find a veterinarian - come up with a plan and stick to it, properly introduce other pets, start training ASAP, feed a good diet, provide chew toys, clip nails and clean teeth, become familiar with the breed’s health risks, buy a collar and ID your dog, and best of all be a friend and spend plenty of play/exercise time.
To view the full, detailed list visit: http://www.akc.org/public_education/responsible_dog_owner.cfm
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