Everyone knows that there are certain rules and etiquettes to follow when you are a dog owner. Some are basic and simple to do, others may be less clear. This article will focus on the main points of being a responsible dog owner and why it puts you above those who do not follow the rules.
Muzzle and Leash: If you know your dog has a tendency towards biting or nipping, even playfully, it is your responsibility to make sure that he is muzzled to prevent him from causing harm. Unless you are in an enclosed area you should always have him on a leash so that he does not run off and get hit by a car, or worse. If your dog ends up attacking someone you not only risk being prosecuted but also risk having him destroyed. Is it really worth that risk?
Pick up that poop: It may not be the most pleasant thing to have to do, but pick up his poop. This is the number one rule of being a responsible dog owner and if you can’t do it then don’t own a dog. Dog poop is not only unpleasant in sight and smell but can also carry parasites. If he could pick it up himself he would, but he can’t, so do it for him and put it in a baggy and dispose of it in a designated dog litter bin.
Training: Make sure that your beloved pooch understands some basic commands such as stop, sit, heel and no. These will help when taking him out for walks, but also when you have guests visit your home. We all love dogs, but sometimes they are a touch boisterous and need to understand when enough is enough. Of course, it is natural for them to be inquisitive when new people arrive so let them have a sniff and then order them off to bed or their safe space.
Barking and howling: A dog will always bark when there is stranger danger, he thinks he has saved your life by barking at the mailman, the milkman, the next door neighbor and the plastic bag that flew by the window. It is a dogs instinct to bark, but excessive barking can prove to be a nuisance to those living near to you. Let him bark, by all means, a dog should never be silent 24/7, but keep it limited. If your dog is outside and barking all the time you may find you will have issues with the neighbors.
Health: Another important rule is to make sure that your dog gets adequate exercise and is up to date with his shots. A dog who is not vaccinated can be a potential carrier of many parasites and viruses that can easily be passed on to both humans and other dogs. Make sure that he eats a nutritionally balanced diet and that he gets to run and play at least twice a day. A dog with a good routine tends to be a better-behaved part of the family and is less likely to be disruptive.
Routine: Dogs respond to routine and hierarchy. Make sure he has a set routine of at least 2 decent walks per day, meal times should be regular as should the time he is crated or placed in his sleeping area. Let him know you are top dog but never hit or strike him as this will only instill fear into him. A dog will be the best companion you could wish for and with these few simple rules, he will also be the best behaved.