A friend and I were hanging out while taking our dogs to the dog park. We wanted to give our furry friends some exercise and we were talking but some of the differences between a responsible dog owner, and an irresponsible dog owner.
Now, hanging out the dog park will give one plenty of opportunity to observe the interaction between dog owners and their pets. It was clear to see that a lot of people are not properly trained in how to care for a dog, or just don’t care.
For example, the dog park that we go to has a strict “leash only” policy. Which means the dogs must be kept at a leash at all times. However, you still see a few dog owners that are letting their animals run loose. Naturally this causes conflict between dogs that were properly train to obey and protect their owners at all costs. A lot of dog scuffles took place that day. Normally, I don’t let things like this stress me out, but my best friend was obviously affected by the conflict and my friend and I felt uneasy and needed to decompress.
We decided to drop our dogs off at home and go treat ourselves. We decided to take a dive in a local swimming pool so that we could shake off the stress and then hit up the steam room at the end so that we could sweat out toxins and negative energy that we might’ve picked up during the day at the dog park. My dog is like my child, and when someone messes with him, I am personally offended, I feel attacked, and helpless to say anything.
Needless to say this experience really bothered me to the point that I would not be taking my dog to that particular dog park ever again. But, I can’t hold my tongue anymore, which is why I decided to come up with a very short list of things that every good dog owner should do to make sure their four legged friend is at his or her best. This list is brief and easy to read and will help any dog owner determine whether or not they are a responsible dog owner or not.
I’ll keep this list and rant very short and only list three top things that one should can start practicing to develop traits that would demonstrate that you are truly a good dog owner. I only wish there was some law that would allow for citizens to report in proper dog ownership when we see it. These poor guys have no clue how good it could be if they live in a house like mine.
Pick Up Poop
Number one is pick up your dog poop. If your dog is in a public place using the restroom it’s important that you pick up after your dog is done. I can only imagine what these peoples homes must look like, or smell like if they’re not able to take care of picking up poop. This is the easiest step in demonstrating the most minimal level of respect in society. Public parks are to be shared, and shouldn’t be used as a personal toilets for dog owners who don’t know any better. Don’t be that person, keep our parks clean, and keep your dogs happy.
Train your dogs
The same way that you would want someone else to respect your personal space make sure that your dogs understand that humans need personal space and that it’s not okay to invade that. Barking and snapping at other dogs or people is a sure sign that the dogs owner needs more training the dog itself. It really bothers me when I see dogs who are misbehaving and the dog owner doesn’t seem to have any clue that their dog may have a potential behavior problem. Do the right thing and either do some research on the level of responsiveness to training of your dog and determine whether not that certain breed is something that you can realistically handle, or be a grown up about it and shell out the extra cash to invest in professional dog trainer so that you can have a properly adapted dog that is ready to interact with society.
Groom Your Dog
Finally, please take care of your dogs by giving them regular grooming, regular veterinarian check ups, and get health insurance for your dogs. Not only will you save money over the long term of necessary medical procedures as your dog starts to age and dwindle in their later years, but you also present yourself as a reliable dog owner. Your dog will be happier and more responsive to your commands, which means that he will probably behave better in the public. It really starts at home, and before you make the decision to introduce your family and your household to a new pet, especially a dog, and most importantly if choosing to adopt or buy a Doberman, please make sure it makes sense for you to reasonably handle a dog, that you have researched it enough, and are ready to make a full commitment.