Responsible Owners

Owner/Guardian Responsibilities

Provide your animal(s) with fresh food and water daily.

Clean up and properly dispose of waste products. (If you see another owner/guardian not taking care of this responsibility, please say something to them. A few irresponsible caretakers can ruin it for everyone else.)

Provide exercise opportunities for your animal. This helps keep your animal happier and reduces the potential of nuisance issues. Dogs Need Socialization AND they need to be WALKED!

Provide safe play objects for your animal.

Brush or groom them as appropriate.

Teach your dog basic obedience commands, including come, heel, sit, down and stay.

Promptly eliminate any nuisance issues (eg., additional training to avoid nuisance excessive barking)

Animals should always be under control in common areas. Dogs should always be on a leash when outside (except in a free-run dog park). Telescoping leashes are only appropriate where close control isn’t needed. Short leashes should be used in elevators, hallways, catwalks, and similar closed areas. Cats and other small animals should be in appropriate carriers when taken outside.

Do not leave animals tied up outside. Never leave them alone in a car with windows closed.

In case of a hurricane or other emergency, take your animals with you. (Do NOT lock them inside.)

Spend quality time with them – and they will return love in kind.

Prepare for emergencies: Set up contacts for pet sitting in case of emergency. Put out care instructions and veterinarian contact info.

Designate someone to take over in case you are no longer able to care for your animal.

According to Dr. Jon [drjon@petplace.com], “If you want to keep a large dog in an apartment or a small house, you need to be prepared to provide lots of exercise through daily runs or by letting your dog out in a yard or dog park.” See Dr. Jon’s advice on How to Love a Dog in an Apartment

See also Responsible Pet Ownership Communities (from the National Canine Research Council).

A PET’S  TEN COMMANDMENTS………
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1. My life  is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is  likely to be painful.
2. Give me time  to understand what you want of me
3. Place your  trust in me. It is crucial for my  well-being.
4. Don’t be angry  with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You  have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I  have only you.
5. Talk to me.  Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand  your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that  however you treat me, I will never forget  it.
7. Before you hit  me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you,  and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you  scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if  something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting  the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my  heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take  care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow  old.
10 On the  ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say  you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I  love you so.
~Take a moment today be thankful for your  pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a  much duller, less joyful experience without our critters.
~Now please pass  this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for  Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It  is here on earth and has four  legs!

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