Famous Tips to Be a Responsible Dog Owner

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Yesterday we decided to take the girls to a nearby park that has recently reopened after major renovations. It is a wonderful place next to the river. The trails cross the wooded sections with walks spanning the most marshy places. A covered area includes picnic tables and benches, a few barbecues and a small free library. There are bathrooms, swings, tons of accessible play structures, a zip line, slides that work.

As we were leaving, I asked John, “Should we bring Cooper?”

We thought about it and agreed, nah. Probably not. Too risky.


Because, unfortunately, we have become accustomed to irresponsible dog owners in all city parks, trails and pavilions. And it turned out that we were right. While walking along one of the trails, we spotted an off-leash Doodle dog running wild in this decidedly off-leash area.

“Good thing we didn’t bring Coop,” we said.

But how unfair is this? Irresponsible dog owners are always fun for responsible owners, and our poor puppies are the ones who suffer from it.


Before I get into My ideas on how to keep a dog responsible, a quick note on the phrase “dog posture.”

It’s arguable, I know. Some people consider themselves a canine mother or father, a dog caretaker, a pet parent, a dog partner or another number of phrases that try to suppress the feeling that a dog is a property. But, for the sake of the discussion, I”m using dog owners because, well, lawfully, we are.

According to Law Insider, “the owner of a dog means any person aged 18 years or older who owns, controls, holds, harbors, has custody of a dog or any person who allows a dog to stay on or near him. or the parents or guardians Of a child under the age of 18 who owns, owns, controls, shelters a dog, has custody of a dog or anyone who allows a dog to stay on or near him.”

Since all these parts of the definition have a bearing on whether someone is responsible or not, we are going with dog owners for this post. Let’s face it: being an irresponsible dog owner can put you in a pit of lawful problems.

What makes you a responsible dog owner?


I bet you thought I would be about to get into tips like picking up your dog’s poop and keeping him on a leash. These are important, and we will be there before the end of the message, but this is not the right place to start. The basic needs of your pet, this is where we need to start.

These are the basics that most of us take for granted so naturally that we hardly think about it. This will provide your dog with food, water and shelter. Although there are arguments about what kind of food is best for a dog, the basic line here is that you have a dog that is fed, watered and protected from the elements.

Some pet owners find it difficult to fulfill these basics on their own, and although this certainly means that this person is an irresponsible pet owner, this is often due to mental health and related problems… a theme for another day. Suffice it to say that if your puppy is fed, hydrated and protected, you are a responsible dog owner at the most basic level.

However, go further. Taking care of your pet’s basic body needs also includes their health. While some argue about vaccines, preventive medications, etc., a responsible dog owner takes his pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. For most healthy animals, a veterinary visit once a year is enough. As your dog gets older or if your dog has a health problem, other visits may be necessary. The key is simply to leave.


A responsible dog owner enriches his dog’s life by offering safety and stimulation.

Safety first: It’s not just body safety, although this is a big piece of the puzzle. It goes back to the 5 freedoms, the basic standards of animal care and welfare (read the full article here):

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Absence of pain, health-issue or illness
  • Freedom to express normal behavior
  • Freedom from fear and distress
  • As we have already discussed, a responsible dog owner takes care of the first three as a basis. But in order to take care of your puppy responsibly, you also need to deal with freedoms four and five. As we all know by now, mental health is health.

Fear and distress: A responsible dog owner does not frighten, hurt, intimidate, threaten or frighten his dog in any other way. For dogs that are naturally anxious, a responsible person strives to alleviate or manage these fears in a friendly and positive way.

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