Your dog gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty, friendship and joy. In return, he counts on you to provide him with food, water, safe shelter, regular veterinary care, exercise, companionship, and more. Take care of these ten essentials, and you'll be guaranteed to develop a rewarding
relationship with your canine
- Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address, and telephone number. No matter how careful you are, there's a chance your dog may become lost—an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely.
- Follow our local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies.
- Follow this simple rule—off property, on leash. Even a dog with a valid license, rabies tag, and ID tag should not be allowed to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your community, and your dog to keep your pet under control at all times.
- Give your dog proper shelter. A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship and should spend most of their time inside with their family.
- Bring your dog to see us for regular checkups.
- Give your dog a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant access to fresh water. Ask us for advice on what and how often to feed your pet.
- Enroll your dog in a training class. Positive training will allow you to control your dog's behavior safely and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog.
- Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted). Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise.
- Be loyal to and patient with your faithful pet. Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavior problems can be solved.