Are you a Responsible, Considerate Pet Owner? Really?
Considerate people are something not too easy to come by nowadays. Even more difficult is to find a considerate, responsible, honest dog-owner. Sure, they exist, but the irresponsible ones are – by far – the vast, absolute majority.
Certainly, even among those inconsiderate people there are many who think they are nice, law abiding citizens. Not in the eyes of decent, respectful, educated people. Let’s see.
What is Responsibility?
Webster Dictionary defines it as the quality or state of being responsible; as moral, legal, or mental accountability. Responsibility relating to pet ownership covers a wide range of topics and areas.
A person has a responsibility to him/herself to make an informed decision about adding a pet to the household. Different breeds of cats and dogs have different needs and personalities as well as maintenance requirements. Some birds need more handling and attention than others. That person is the sole one to find the right match if they take the decision to own an animal in their homes.
As a responsible pet owner, I am more than willing to comply with regulations. Even the ones that are not written.
A person has a responsibility to provide health care, food, shelter, training, exercise and most of all attention. All this takes time, commitment, and money. If one cannot provide basic needs for a pet then neither will be happy.
A person has a responsibility to the community for himself and his/her pet to be good neighbors and obey laws set in place for protection of animals, people and property.
The “Responsible Dog Owner Test” – A Checklist
First, a question: Would you choose to be the owner of the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant (that in Japan which is currently leaking huge amounts of radioactivity and is just about to kill people, if not have already)? Would you? Well, if you were responsible, certainly you would surround yourself of all the information and protection available. Most importantly, you would *prevent* that to happen.
The same applies to dogs. Dogs can be like a fire gun: a fully loaded weapon, unlocked, defective, at large, contaminated, and many times left unsupervised in the hands of kids, a little child, even babies.
So please read carefully below all the characteristics of a real Responsible Dog Owner and see how you relate to them. At the end you can get the results of how well, or not, you fared.
► You thoroughly educated yourself (and your family members), well before getting a dog, on potential prevention strategies including:
• educational programs on canine behavior, especially directed at children;
• laws for regulating dogs, specially dangerous or vicious ones;
• enhanced animal control programs;
• educational programs regarding responsible dog ownership and training.
► You never got a dog as a gift or donated. You know there is no way for you to know the history of that animal, unless you start an investigation, something that obviously you won’t do.
► You bought your dog from a certified seller, be it a pet shop or breeder, not complaining they cost more.
► You bought your dog Not to be a yard decoration or a fashion statement but just because you really enjoy a pet.
► You took your dog to be neutered at your veterinarian, even before bringing it to your home, paying the fees.
► You took your dog to the vet to have a front paw declawing, paying the associated costs.
► You had your dog to the veterinarian to be micro-chipped so it could be easily identified.
► You applied for a city license for your dog(s), paying the full fee(s).
► You renew the city license for your dog(s), paying the full fee(s), every year, without delay.
► You successfully attended and completed the training in the control of dogs, even when not mandatory by the city.
► You never are in denial about the bad behavior of your dog.
► You always pay any fines you may receive because of the unruly behavior of your dog.
► You never challenge the city in court after you received a fine.
► You never got a criminal record as you clearly know that criminals love dogs, specially dangerous one.
► You always get and renew an insurance policy due to your dog’s actions, at a minimal of US$1 million, since you love your dog and never know what your dog can do.
► You keep your dog with an ID tag at all times, like in its collar, including when at home, inside the house.
► You take your dog for full training (behavioral, barking…) with a professional dog trainer, even before taking the animal to your property.
You never took that dog to your home if that animal had not successfully completed and passed the training.
► You take your dog to a veterinarian at least once a year, even when your pet seems to be perfectly normal.
► You take your dog for a walk at least once a day, every day of the week, holidays and weekends included, be it raining, snowing or scorching hot.
► You never say “my dog never barks” since you now it is not true, unless you had its vocal cords surgically removed.
► You never say “my dog never bit anyone” when you now it is not true.
► You never say “my dog never bit anyone *before*” because you now it is not true it could not happen in the future.
► You never let your dog bark, never meaning never, day or night, momentarily or incessantly, inside or outside, never. Better yet(i), after you trained the dog not to bark, you buy it a anti barking collar to be used 24 hours a day. Even better (ii), you take your dog for a debark surgical procedure at your vet of choice, paying the full fees, certainly.
► You never allow your dog to damage the property you share with your neighbor, like a fence or garden. If that happens, you promptly admit the problem and offer to immediately pay for the damage in full, accompanied by sincere apologies.
► You always pick up after your pet, no exceptions. No bag? You carry it with your hands and dispose them off at your home, Not anywhere else.
► You always thoroughly sanitize, with disinfectant, the place where your dog had dropped, even when in public places. Just picking up after your dog is NOT enough since you know there are numerous diseases in dog feces and that even kids have already died because of it.
► You always let your dog to pee only in the gutter, when outside, never on the sidewalk, or other people’s garden or wall, or parks, for example.
► You always give your dog a shower, at least once every other day, Not just a week or a month, since you don’t want it to smell bad and you be called an irresponsible pet owner.
► You always give your dog a bath or make it use dog shoes before entering into your home since you don’t want to bring ‘muddy substances’ into your home.
► You always take a shower (yourself, not your dog) and wear fully clean clothes before leaving your home since you know when you were in contact with that animal you got covered in dander and dog hair. Certainly, you don’t want to contaminate people who suffer allergies out there.
► You always keep your dog away from your bed, sofa, kitchen… since you know they carry a number of diseases, including serious and deadly ones.
► You always carry your dog in a crate when you have it in your car since you know dogs moving around can and do cause car accidents. Certainly you don’t want to pay more for car insurance.
► You always have your dog on a leash when outside. That meaning a non-retractile leash with a maximum 1 meter long/3 feet long. Also, you are holding it And is attached to the animal.
► You don’t take more than one dog when you walk your pet. You understand this is an invitation for disaster when several leashes are mingled together.
► You always have your dog muzzled when outside, including in your backyard since you know it may run away. Always.
► You always have your dog under your full control, specially when outside.
► You never allow your dog to be handled by people who are physically or mentally unable to fully control your dog. That includes no kids, elderly.
► You never allow your dog to charge at people or objects, be it the postman, your neighbor in their backyard, or a kid riding a bike in the sidewalk.
► You always provide all necessary vaccines for your dog, and pay full price for them.
► You never disguise your dog as a “Service Dog”. It is a crime in many places, if not most, by the way.
► You never say that, in case your dog is small, that it is not a hazard or inconvenience to other people.
► You never take your dog with you in the airplane cabin, even if your pet is in a bag or crate. You know your dog has to be in a crate And in the cargo area of the plane, nowhere else.
► You never take your dog with you to public places, like restaurants, supermarkets, coffee shops, libraries, book stores, beaches…
► You never take your dog with you to Hospitals!
► You never take your dog with you in closed public places, like elevators or taxis.
► You never take your dog with you to your workplace as you know it is a nuisance distraction and some people may be allergic, for example.
► You never expect special treatment just because you have a dog.
► You never expect people to like your dog or enjoy its presence just because you like yours.
► You never hate people who do not like a dog, including yours.
► You never expect people to do your obligations as a dog owner, fully knowing that you are totally responsible for your own actions and the ones caused by your dog.
► You never compare dogs to people, much less proclaim that dogs are better then people, or even worse, kids.
► You never make excuses for your mistakes or the problems caused by your dog.
► You refuse to get any ‘Bull’ type dog. Shun everyone who does. Let them know it’s not acceptable, and that they are clearly an outcast among your friends and neighbors.
► You separate any children from dogs, not just young kids or babies.
► You never allow your dog to be in close proximity of little kids, much less babies.
► You never expect to have your dog to function as a security system as you know it is too easy to “incapacitate” a dog, and that even the most stupid of thieves knows that very well.
► You never leave your dog alone in your property when you go to work or are outside for any reason. You find or hire someone to take care of it, and pay the fees.
► You never leave your dog alone in your property when you travel, not even for a day in the mountains. You take it to a dog hotel, and pay the fees.
► You never leave your dog alone in your car when you go for shopping in the supermarket. You leave it at home, like above.
► You always donate to charity (regarding humans, not animals) at least the same amount of all the money you spend with your dogs.
► You never allow your dog to sniff on others people crotch or butt, even when your animal is with you holding it on a leash and muzzled.
► You never allow your dog to charge on people, even when your animal is under your full control.
► You never allow your dog to jump on people, even when your animal is with you holding it on a leash. You know it’s rude And dangerous.
► You never call the police because your neighbor knocked multiples times on your door to complain that your dog had for repeated times crapped in his garden.
► You never call the police to complain that your neighbor woke you up late at night since his family could not sleep due to your dogs barking.
► You never tie your dog at the front door of a business, any business, inconveniencing passers by, patrons and workers alike.
► You never take your dog with you in the bus or subway or train, unless it is in a crate, and a clean one certainly.
► You never say you love dogs but hate kids. You know you were a kid some day in the past.
► You always and only take your dog to a ‘dog park’, never to a people-friendly park since you know decent people do not want to be stepping in or around poop or be confronted by a barking, snarling, off leash (or even leashed) weapon. They just want a nice human time.
► You never take your dog into parks that have children’s playgrounds.
► You never allow your dog to be in your kitchen, or close to any food, much less when you or your family are enjoying a meal.
► You never take your pet with you when you visit your relatives, friends, or coworkers who do not not have dogs.
► You always restrain your dog, usually in a crate, when you receive your relatives, friends, or workmates for a visit.
► You never have more than one 1 dog, since they are really cumbersome and there is no need for that.
► You never collect street, lose dogs and bring those animals to your property also because you know the zoning area does not allow kennels.
► You never allow your pet to tear open garbage, dig up gardens, kill other pets and livestock, drool over whatever gets in their way.
► You never run out and get a dog on impulse because you saw one on a TV show that was acting so “smart and friendly” since you know those dogs have been professionally trained for years by people who know what they are doing.
► You clearly know that if your dog happens, by accident of course, to be running lose then you are fully responsible for whatever happens. Really anything.
► You never take your dog for a walk just because it wants to defecate and urinate outside on public or other peoples spaces. You let your animal to make its necessities on Your property only. And clean it accordingly right away.
► You never get off on making other people’s lives miserable by allowing your dog to do whatever that and you want, like barking or defecating, anytime, anywhere.
► You never allow your dog to do whatever it wants, even in an off-leash area. You know you are responsible for your animal at all times.
► You never allow, nor think it’s ‘cute’, your dog to do get into fights even in a dog park.
► You never allow our dog to run after the neighbors cats and kids, snarling or killing.
► You never allow your dog to annoy other people and say “he’s just playing”, “she’s not going to hurt you”, “he’s just trying to say hi”…
► You never make excuses, much less ridiculous ones, for the bad behavior of your dog, and maybe yours too, like “so, if I have to pick up after my dog in the park, so you should clean up free birds poop, too.“
► You always, as a responsible dog owner, take responsibility for educating other dog owners so you are not labeled just like they are.
► You never chastise or criticize people for not having a dog.
► You never call your animal things like ‘Angel’ and ‘Popsie’, or “He or She”, or say “mommy is here”…
► You never say that you are the mother of a dog because you know the mother of a dog is – literally – a bitch.
► You never, ever, hate people who hate or just do not like dogs, including your dog.
► You always wash AND sanitize your dog’s butt after it craps since you do not want diseases to spread everywhere.
► You never sleep with your dog in your bed or couch, nor let any member of your family to do so.
► You never say you can’t travel or take a vacation ‘because of my dog’.
► You never stay in hotels that do Not allow dogs, specially by hiding the animal in your baggage just because you consider it as ‘people’, a “member of your family”.
► You never treat dogs as Humans but instead let them be how Nature Intended it to be.
► You never exceed the city’s limit on the number of dogs someone can have in a property. In some some building it is zero dogs.
► You never move to a neighborhood where residents have no dogs a all, much less to make you feel special.
► You never move to a building or community that do not allow dogs.
► You never take your dog along a walk with a friend who do not have dogs.
► You always move to the side of a sidewalk or trail when someone is passing by, during your walk with your animal.
► You never “play the victim” saying the likes of “why do you people hate me” when they say they don’t like dogs.
► You never threaten to GUN DOWN or INJURE or KILL or people just because they said something bad, usually true, about your animal.
► You never tell people who complain about your dog that they are crazy and their place is in a psychiatric hospital.
► You never go to anti-dogs/dog-haters/pet ownership awareness websites to try to persuade non dog owners to become dog owners.
► You never go to anti-dogs/dog-haters websites to post that you are a Responsible Dog Owner. A RDO shows it by their actions, not fake words.
► You always place your dog’s mess in a bag it And bin it – in any public litter bin, never throwing it around or leaving it behind. If there are no litter bins nearby, you take it home and dump it in your toilet. No bin? No bag? No excuse.
► You ALWAYS carry a bag(s) when you walk your dog.
You never do something unethical or criminal with your dog just because no one is looking or there are no police officers around.
► You never give a dog (either your own or any other) as a gift or donation to anyone. Being responsible, you don’t want to give a lot of trouble to someone else. Well, perhaps to an enemy but that wouldn’t make you responsible as that is what we are talking about.
► You never abandon your dog when you don’t want it anymore, after all the headaches it caused you and your family. You take the animal to your vet and have it euthanized, paying the fees in full.
► You always report to authorities (and never hide) information on:
• nuisance barking dogs
• owners that do not pick after their dogs
• free roaming dogs (not just yours)
• near attacks (including the ones from your dogs)
• dog-related injuries (including the ones caused by your dogs)
• mistreatment of animals, like left unsupervised with no food or water, or in the cold or scorching heat.
► You always apologize, in a sincere way, when your dog happens to create some trouble with people. You never run away pretending nothing happened.
► You immediately have your dog put down, sacrificed, euthanized as soon as you have had it turn on you, or anybody else.
No second thoughts. No delays. No excuses.
Ah, the most important of all ► You never say/scream/yell “I DO NOT HAVE TO RESPECT ANY OF THAT $HIT! ME AND MY DAWGS IS SPECIAL!!!!“
I didn’t make up any of the _bad_ attitudes above. You may do a web search for any and all of it and find examples of the disrespect that is happening right now, by the minute.
Results for the “Responsible Dog Owners Test”
So, how did you fare? There are just a few possibilities:
1 – You answered Yes to ALL statements above
You are really a Responsible Dog Owner. You should be proud because you are an exception. A really rare kind of person. We just hoped there were more like you. The world would be a much better place, and this web site would have no reason to exist. Please continue to be the way you are and do not succumb to your inferior colleagues. Once more, I – and probably every non-dog owner out there – admire you as a Responsible Dog Owner!
2 – You answered Yes to MOST statements above
OK! But you can do better.
You may be a reasonable pet owner at this time but there is a lot to work on, and you must be willing to resolving them as soon as possible, like… yesterday.
3 – You answered Yes to SOME statements above
BAD! Really bad!
I’m sorry for you, your animal (since you treat it as an animal at best, not a pet), and specially for the people that live close to you. That is undoubtedly not a nice place to be around.
4 – You answered Yes to NONE of the statements above
HORRIBLE! Impossible to be worse!
You are a true psychopath, the scum of society, a kind of people no one wants to live around, no one stands you (maybe the worst of criminals). You probably live in a crime ridden area or one just coming to be one. Please be a favor to the world and seek immediate psychiatric help, urgently. Oh, you don’t have money? Your pit-bulls can easily solve that for you.
If you aren’t prepared to do all the above – DON’T OWN A DOG!
I am absolutely sure, 200% certain that certain individuals will come here shouting, yelling, screaming: “It is impossible to do all that!!!!“. Well, the owners of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant thought the same.
You be certain that I’m also sure that I forgot to mention some things in the list.
Responsible owners keep their dogs quiet,
like invisible ones
Is that easy being a Responsible Dog Owner? No, it is not. That is why people should not be allowed to own a pet without being fully aware of the consequences. A pet is not just that little cute animal with big eyes you got with just a few days of life. It will grow and become a burden for most, or too big for many places, like apartments. Taking care of a pet will take an enormous amount of your time and your money. Sometimes it will even take lives.
Note that we are NOT telling people that they should Not have a dog. We just ask that they be *RESPONSIBLE*. That’s all.
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