Dog Friendly Tips: Owner's Responsibilities
The obligations of dog owning are few but necessary! All that the dog requires of you is food, water, comfort, exercise, health, affection, and protection.
Too often the prospective dog owner overlooks his or her own desires and tendencies when selecting a pet. The sedentary man of studious disposition not infrequently makes the mistake of selecting a dog that requires much more exercise than he is willing to give it.
Every day he takes it for a walk around the block thereby satisfying his own conscience but providing practically no exercise for the dog. All the owner has done is to give the dog a chance to relieve itself. In the wild the same dog would run 20 or 30 miles to get a single meal. So the owner's walk around the block to exercise the dog is just not enough.
What the dog really enjoys is a 10- 20 mile dog walk once a week which would probably do the owner as much good as it does the dog. In a couple of hours on a beach walk, a dog that is let off the lead and allowed to run free will probably run 20 - 30 miles in the time it takes you to walk 5 or 6 miles.
Beyond the few simple obligations that pet owners assume, there are a few things they learn to avoid.
Dog owners soon find it doesn't pay to let their pets roam any more than they can help. Animals that roam are in constant danger of being injured in car accidents, added to which you might be prosecuted for causing an accident by not being in control of the dog. Thousands of sheep are killed every year by dogs, and a loose dog among livestock may in turn be shot by a farmer.
Still another obligation of the dog owner is to help prevent the canine population explosion by having it spayed or castrated.