Should I somehow talk to dog owners who are neglecting their dogs' needs (Unknowingly)?
Firstly, an elderly owner who is a family friend has a 1year old Kelpie. I took care of the Kelpie for 2 months and we bonded deeply as I exercised and trained him daily. I'm quite concerned about how he is being neglected by his elderly owner.
- No daily walks or exercise/play because of the old man's health.
- Locked in the backyard as the owner believes that dogs should be kept outside.
- The old man spends much of the day watching TV in the living room without spending time with the dog.
- Cheap home brand food that gives the dog a bad stomach.
- Feeding bowls that not cleaned daily
- The old man beats the dog with a walking stick for bad and destructive behavior
- The owner strongly believes that his dog is exercising himself by running laps around the backyard
- Feeding the dog unhealthy human food like dumplings
Secondly, my uncle who keeps a Maltese locked up outside in the yard because his wife thinks the dog is dirty.
- Left outside regardless of the weather
- Infrequent feeding
- No training whatsoever (not even basic commands such as sit)
- No daily exercise play or walks
- Tells other people to treat the dog like a pest because if you are too nice to the dog, then he will be too spoilt
I feel bad for the dogs, especially the Kelpie who requires huge amounts of physical and mental stimulation (I would spend 2 hours everyday just exercising him by playing fetch and tug of war). Should I just leave them be or hint something towards the elderly owner and my uncle? I'm planning to visit the Kelpie dog 1- 2 times per week to play /walk and train him as the elderly owner has given me permission to visit whenever I want. Would it be disrespectful of me to both visit the dog frequently and bring to both owners' attention that their dogs need more attention?