How to be a responsible dog owner

According to the American Kennel Association’s Good Canine Citizen program, a responsible dog owner agrees to..

Be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

Be responsible for my dog’s safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public at all times.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).

Not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking excessively while in the yard, inside etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as  on sidewalks, parks, lawns etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

Be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

These sound like great guidelines and basics for any dog living in Cherry Hill Village.  Please note:  In addition, Canton township ordinances mandate that all dogs must be licensed with the township, all dogs must be either confined within a yard or leashed, and owners must pick up after their dogs (a $500 fine is available for those who do not pick up the poop!).

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One Response to How to be a responsible dog owner

  1. knollb says:

    Let’s not forget that part of being a responsible dog owner is attending to barking dogs in a timely fashion. We all live very close to one another and listening to dogs barking for an extended period of time is not very neighborly : )

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