It is not just a Privilege: It’s a RESPONSIBILITY
September is “Responsible Dog Ownership” month, and that got us thinking: how do we really view responsible dog ownership? While there is no exact definition for this, the American Kennel Club gives a great starting point for how we should view pet ownership: “Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a Responsibility.” As pet parents, bet there are times when you are with other pet owners whose dogs are really out of control and you have asked yourself, “Why don’t they train their dog(s)?”
Sharing our lives with our pets is incredibly unique and special; dogs for example, make us laugh, keep us company, and share adventures with us outdoors thus it’s not surprising we feel as though they’re a huge part of our family. We owe it to our doggo best friends to understand what they need from us to keep them healthy and happy, making sure we’re always there for them, in the right way.
So, when we welcome our beloved canine companions into our homes, what exactly are we responsible for and how can we meet our responsibilities appropriately? You can find many lists that outline ways to be a responsible pet owner, but we have compiled a short list for you of the important rules that we think you must live by.
- A healthy dog is a happy dog. As a pet owner, you are responsible for their health and should ensure that they are safe at all times and not going to be a nuisance or a danger for anyone else.
- It is recommended that dogs must wear collars with identity tags whenever they’re in public spaces and must be microchipped as well as mandated by UAE government.
- Keep your dog leashed in public.
- Pick up your dog’s poo.
- Take your dog for walks. Exercise is a much-needed activity for all dogs which could make a lot of difference not just on their social skills but also with their over-all health.
- Take your dog to the vet at least annually. Vet care is essential for all animals; you need to ensure that your dog’s fleas & ticks’ treatment, deworming and vaccinations are all up to date.
- Try a training class. Dogs need to walk calmly on a loose lead, come when called, meet people and other dogs politely and settle down when they need to stop and talk to someone, have lunch in a café or a drink in the pub.
- Love your pet. You are your pet’s favorite thing in the world. They crave our love, attention and care; show them the love and devotion they show you.
- And a commitment to a lifelong care.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility that some people don’t realize. It is extremely important that you weigh up all the costs and your lifestyle when deciding whether or not you should get a new buddy. Many pets are abandoned as their owners cannot or will not look after them. If you make the decision of getting a new furry friend, remember that it is a lifelong commitment. And that is also the reason why we are here; we are committed to support you all throughout, starting from providing you with the best veterinary care, to great selections of pet food and products.