They Make Their Dog’s Health a Priority
Food and water are an obvious necessity, but pet health also mean regular exercise, grooming and visits to the vet.
They Spay and Neuter Their Dog
This is an obvious step. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem and you don’t want to contribute to it further.
They Exercise Their Dog’s Mind and Body
This means offering activates that are both physically and mentally stimulating, even when you’re tired or the weather’s not great.
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They Know When to Ask for Help
The true mark of wisdom is knowing you don’t always know the answer. If you have a dog problem that’s beyond your abilities, accept it when it’s time to call in professional help.
They Respect Other Dog Owners
Getting a dog makes you a part of community of dog owners, and it’s important to treat those owners and their pets with respect. That means exercising responsible ownership practices and raising a well-behaved dog that also respects the community.
All kinds of people who aren’t ready for pet ownership still end up with dogs, including those who receive them as gifts. If you’re thinking about giving a puppy to someone as a gift, be sure to [consider if they’re really ready to raise a dog] before you hand over that kind of responsibility.
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