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    Hi Guys,

    Thought i would start a thread on this, would appreciate your thoughts and views.

    So what does Responsible Pet Ownership mean for you and what does it entail?

    Where does responsible pet ownership begin and where does it end for you personally?

    Nic (aka B my heart dog!)

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    How to sum up something that big...?

    To start with, it would have to be providing for your pet, through thick and thin. I mean, nutrionally, emotionally, medically etc...

    To me a pet is another member of the family, and is treated the same. Protection and care are everything.

    Ummm....

    and there is the aspect of making sure that your pet is your own, and doesn't negatively impact on other people.

    There's more.... who's next?!

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    My pets are my children and Im the only one responsible for looking after them. I make sure the fridge and cupboards are full, so the dog does not go without, make sure what ever goes wrong no matter what that it sees a vet when need be, picking up after the dog when I take her for walks, making sure she is a happy well loved dog.

    For me they live in my home, sleep on my bed, use my couch, follow me to the bath and toilet but they must be disciplined also. They must learn the word no, sit, stay, drop, outside (toilet), I do believe in reward for them when they are good.

    At this hour of the morn, I cant think of anything else

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    That was very well written Sheltiefan - especially for that time of the morning!
    And to think I was feeling fuzzy when I posted mine!

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    or me they live in my home, sleep on my bed, use my couch, follow me to the bath and toilet but they must be disciplined also. They must learn the word no, sit, stay, drop, outside (toilet), I do believe in reward for them when they are good.
    Echo echo...........lol


    I guess to me itmeans making sure that they are healthy, happy and whole, and cannot cause other people any issues.

    My wee duigie lives inside as does my cat. I have an enclosure built onto the end of my patio and they both use this area as exercise and toilet area.

    My cat does not go outside at all, if he does accidentally get out he fizzes and stops cannot handle the great outdoors at all, I think if he was out for any length of thime he would panic and run, so everyone is very aware of the fact he is not to go out. I also have a double door on the front, so there is an entry way I can close off if I am at the door for any length of time, my yard is fully fenced with no small spaces for the chi to get out, and I have doggy signs on the gate.

    I guess that I have taken some things to extremes but I am responsible and want my fursons to be with me for as long as they can be and also, they are my little fursons, not children, but my constant companions and little loves, so I am protective, people who have animals for animals sake infuriate me, I have several friends who are in this category. One is talking about getting rid of their small dog as he pees and so oninside, and stinks.
    He has not been trained proeprly despite good advice and he is never bathed, so i have no idea what they expect.

    Its all about respect really.

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    Now that I am a busy mum of 4 kids (I can compare..lol)...my pets are the same as my babies!

    They are taught manners and respect, and above all they are all loved and a huge part of the family with all needs/requirements met adding one major extra= desexing!!!! a MUST

    Ohhh ETA....my cupboards are ALWAYS full of pet food...but sometimes not human food...LOL (thank gawd for takeaway at times..eek!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwallylegs View Post
    One is talking about getting rid of their small dog as he pees and so oninside, and stinks.
    He has not been trained proeprly despite good advice and he is never bathed, so i have no idea what they expect.

    Its all about respect really.
    This really peeves me off Some ppl think dogs train themselves , be shoved out in the yard and just be the 'perfect dog'

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymum View Post
    This really peeves me off Some ppl think dogs train themselves , be shoved out in the yard and just be the 'perfect dog'
    Agree. Then they say things like "But we tell him off for it all the time, he knows that he's being naughty."
    Dogs speak english now??

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    Hi Guys,

    Sorry i have been unable to get back to this thread

    Agree with you on the above. I too have no words for those people who simply give up on and dispose of their dog like a commodity. Or relegate them to a life of passive neglect in a backyard.

    Sometimes i think i should get a job standing at the door of the pound, kicking people up the bum as they leave after dumping their pets. I would not do that of course...but it has crossed my mind on more than one occasion!

    For me RDO begins when you decide to get a new family member. It starts with research for me on finding a dog that fits in with your lifestyle and family. Honestly thinking about the home you can offer and if you can meet all their needs, including vetwork, treatments, grooming, training, exercise and stimulation, a safe secure home and yard etc etc.

    Desexing, chipping, registration is also paramount.

    Dogs are companion animals, I believe they truly need an intimate connection with their people. It is what they hold close to them.

    Mine are all spoilt rotten, but i dont think i could do it any other way.

    Sure there is expectation, boundries and respect though celebrating your dog, having the odd mad moments and a good laugh/joy is so important. For me it's all about balance....

    Nic

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    For me it's all about balance....
    LOL

    Balance in this house.........

    fursons



    persons

    Thats where we stand.........

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