Teddy’s Top Training Tip 12/04/18
Teddy’s Top Training Tip: When deciding on getting a dog – research the breed, the responsibility of being an owner and the needs of your dog.
When deciding on getting a dog – research the breed, the responsibility of being an owner and the needs of your dog.
While the idea of having a dog can be an exciting time deciding on which breed to choose, whether
we look at rehoming from a reputable rescue or finding a reputable breeder for a new puppy.
With today’s society we often buy now and think later, but this can impact heavily on a dog’s
emotions, its character and its behaviour permanently. Understanding what it will mean to own a dog, not only from a human perspective but also from the animal’s perspective too. This can include:
- The impact of owning the dog and how it will affect your life.
- The importance of the animal’s emotions and feelings.
- Recognising the role, the person or family plays towards the animal.
For being a responsible owner there are many laws that will cover our responsibility, however it is
useful to know about the Animal Welfare Act as part of this Act means that owners need to take
positive steps towards caring for the animals properly and in particular there are five welfare needs
and they are:
- It’s need for a suitable environment.
- It’s need for a suitable diet.
- It’s need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns.
- It’s need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals.
- It’s need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Our dogs share our homes and lives for a very long time and there are many responsibilities that go
into owning animal, such as feeding, exercise, veterinary care, training, and so on. Researching not
only the needs of the breed, but also veterinary care and training costs could possibly go into
reducing the number of dogs that placed in rescue each year.