What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you? Is it simply providing shelter, food, and water? Is it bringing your dog in for a yearly examination and vaccinations? Or is it more than that?
Owning a dog is a privilege, not a right.
The AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise:
* I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that my dog’s welfare is totally dependent on me.
*I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog. I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.
*I will take pride in my dog’s appearance with regular grooming.
*I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably sit, stay and come when called.
*I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.
*I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste.
*I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and to the community.
*I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation appropriate for my dog’s age, breed and energy level is provided.
*I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID).
*I will adhere to local leash laws.
Will you make the commitment?