WHAT responsibilities, you say? Surely not! Just keep it fed and watered, and take it out, or tie it up in the yard? Right?
Unfortunately, too many people think that’s all there is to being a dog owner. You may have an idiot dog-owning neighbor or two like that. I know I do! LOL!
Don’t be that way yourself! There are at least 10 major responsibilities (many of them legally required) for the owner. If you are thinking of getting a dog and are new at it, please think carefully about the following points:
1 Do not bring a dog into your family until you can afford its maintenance and upkeep, including annual Vet exams, recurring medications and vaccinations and, any emergency care that may be needed.
2. Immediately get your dog proper identification, preferably using a microchip. Your vet or shelter can usually handle this, or quickly point you to who can.
3. Don’t allow your dog to run unattended in urban areas – keep it on a leash. Don’t let it run unattended or unleashed in the country either, until you have taught it to “Come”. If it takes off after another animal, you may never see it again.
4. Know ALL local, state, and neighborhood laws/rules, AND obey them, stupid as some of them may seem.
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