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PugetHounder Asks All Dog Owners to be Responsible Dog Owners

The American Kennel Club created AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to help educate first-time dog owners about the commitment that is required of a responsible dog owner and to help current owners enhance their relationships with their beloved pet.

Puget Hounder and the AKC ask that all dog owners make a commitment to themselves and their dogs that they will be responsible owners. Put your pawprint on the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise below:

AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise

As a dog owner, I promise:

I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that my dog's welfare is totally dependent on me.

I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.

I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.

I will take pride in my dog's appearance with regular grooming.

I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably sit, stay, and come when called.

I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.

I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog's waste.

I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and the community.

I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation appropriate for my dog's age, breed and energy level is provided.

I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID).

I will adhere to local leash laws.

For more information, visit www.akc.org or call 212-696-8343

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