September Is Responsible Pet Ownership Month

It’s hard to believe that August is coming to and end and that soon we will be in autumn and then responsible dog owner winter! Before September hits, though we wanted to share information on Responsible Dog Ownership Month which is what September has been designated by the American Kennel Club.

Pet parents want to be responsible and many do their best to be responsible pet owners, right? We’re sure you’ve seen those pet owners who have dogs who:

  1. Jump
  2. Bark
  3. Chew shoes
  4. Yank on a leash
  5. Bite — humans or other dogs

Some pet parents we’ve spoken with believe that if they have a “small dog” he doesn’t need to be trained as much or as well as a “big dog” and that’s just not true.

Chances are you have seen dogs who are out of control and have asked yourself, “Why don’t they train their dog(s)?”

What does it mean to be a responsible dog owner? Does it mean your dog doesn’t bark at strangers or bark while he’s home alone all day? Does it mean she will walk well on a leash? Do you think that it means your dog won’t beg for food while you’re at the dinner table? Does it mean that your dog doesn’t lunge at strangers or isn’t prone to barking and snapping at humans or other dogs?

Responsible pet ownership means any and all of the above and it may mean even more, or different, things to you. Being a responsible pet owner also means you take him to the veterinarian for annual health visits, make certain your dog is properly vaccinated and training him to be a “good canine citizen.”

Many dogs are returned or surrendered to shelters because of “bad behaviors” many of which are simply because the owner didn’t take time to teach her simple commands and didn’t spend enough time working on positive reinforcement training to help her be the best dog ever.

 September Is Responsible Pet Ownership Month

Here are basic obedience commands all dogs should learn. These commands are for the safety of your pet as well as making them be good canine companions. Here are our top commands that can be easily trained through positive reinforcement.

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come (when called, no matter what the distraction)
  • Drop it (whether it’s a toy or an item that could be dangerous if swallowed)
  • Down, this is easily trained once your dog has learned to “sit”
  • Heel (necessary for a safe and comfortable walk)

Look for a local dog training group, go online and watch videos to learn how to train your pet using positive reinforcement. Please don’t let your dog/puppy become a surrender statistic because of “bad” behavior simply because you didn’t train him.

What do you, as a pet parent, need to do to be responsible to your dog and to his life.

Here are a few things:

  • Keep him leashed
  • Pick up his or her poo when you’re on a walk
  • Take your dog for walks. A healthy and tired dog is a happy dog
  • Keep your dog entertained when you’re away so he doesn’t bark and annoy the neighbors all day. Tire her out on a walk. Leave her home with puzzle food toys.
  • Take him or her to the vet at least annually. Keep him up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • If your dog is microchipped keep your contact info up-to-date. If your dog isn’t chipped, make sure he wears a collar with a tag with your up-to-date contact information

What do you love most about sharing your life with your dog? We love the snuggles and kisses!

What can you do today, or during the month of September and beyond to be a responsible pet parent?

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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