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HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE OWNER


Responsible ownership is a concept that refers to the commitment that a person acquires when they decide to their his life with a dog
We provide information on how to be a responsible owner and about everything your Australian CobberdogLabradoodle may need.

Responsible ownership

There are great benefits associated to living with a dog, but being a responsible owner begins with the awareness that not everything is going to be easy. Introducing a new member into the family involves spending time with them, making great sacrifices, and even having to be very patient while the dog learns to behave properly. The dog needs a lot from us, they are completely dependent, and the responsibilities we have with our dog are simply unavoidable. That is responsible ownership.

Having a dog is a life-time commitment


Having a dog is a life-time commitment. At DOGKING we believe that this commitment should be as important as that acquired when you have a child. The option of abandoning or getting rid of it should not be considered. Under these premises, a dog should be added to your family. It is a decision that must be taken seriously.


A dog requires a lot of attention and love

A dog requires a balanced diet, elements for their sleep, going on walks, their hair brushed, play time... The dog needs to be groomed and we will have to take it to the dog groomer or invest in grooming products to do the dog's maintenance at home. The dog also requires veterinary care, even when it is healthy, and we must anticipate that at some point they will become ill, which will be an extra effort on our part.

A dog requires time investment

Dogs need us to spend time on their training, something very important to be able to enjoy the time that we are with them, since, if the dog causes problems at home, the time we spend with them can help solve such issues. The dog also requires time of affection, going on walks, play, time for the maintenance of its hair, etc.

HIERARCHY OF YOUR DOG'S NEEDS



1. Physiological needs
They are those physiological needs that allow the dog to be alive and maintain its body, that is, the balance and internal well-being of its body.

2. Emotional needs
They are all those needs that concern the emotional well-being of the dog. That the dog that feels safe and trusts itself and its environment are all conditions for the dog to be happy.

3. Social needs
Dogs are gregarious animals, they need to group in packs or form social groups with humans; even more so when we talk about Australian Cobberdogs as they are a very sociable breed. Dogs that live in isolation, without the opportunity to bond with other individuals of their kind or with people, are dogs that are being deprived of a basic behavioral need.

4. Training needs
Training helps the dog to develop its mental capacities, to know itself better, to understand its limits, and to live in harmony with its surroundings based on rules of conduct.

5. Cognitive needs
A dog needs mental challenges on a daily basis. Boredom is the source of multiple behavioral problems.


CIVILITY


It is important to know the rules of responsible animal ownership of the city you live in with your dog, to civically fulfill your responsibilities as an owner. Training your Australian Cobberdog to have a good behavior in public places is an act of civility, but the advantages go far beyond this since, having a well-trained dog will strengthen the relationship with your dog allowing to give the dog more freedom.

What not to do

    • The dog must not go without a leash, as they can cause discomfort, accidents, or be run over. We should only let them walk around in a controlled area where they cannot cause disturbance.


    • The dog cannot be kept on a leash with extendable leashes that do not allow its control in a safe way.


    • The municipal regulations should not be breached, those being related to regulations on dog ownership, among other animals.


    • We must not transport the dog with a leash inside a vehicle, by regulations it is fine as it can disturb or distract the driver and cause accidents.


    • Ignoring the dog during the walk and that it can dirty the public road or disturb other people or animals. Allow the dog access to green areas that are prohibited from being stepped on or accessed by dogs.


    • The dog should not be tied on a leash outside of an establishment. Even if the dog is used to standing still in this situation, it is always a potential danger (even to the dog itself) to be left unsupervised.

The correct thing to do

    • We must always respect the rules that regulate dog ownership.


    • The dog must always be kept on a leash and controlled when driving through a pedestrian zone.


    • When we travel with dogs inside a vehicle, a separator must be placed to prevent it from causing discomfort or being the cause of distractions.


    • Dogs must be perfectly documented: Depending on where we live, they will ask for different requirements such as a health card, census document or identification chip, among others.


    • Always pick up any waste our dog generates, such as excrement.


    • Always avoid the dog causing any damage to street furniture.


    • Respect the hours of rest of the neighbors if our dog barks, trying to avoid those hours or taking measures so that the dog does not bark.

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