Responsible dog ownership starts before you even bring a new puppy into the household. Contrary to popular opinion, vicious dogs are made, not bred – their temperament is shaped by their upbringing as much as their parentage.
Responsible dog ownership is an expectation in today’s society – and there are many places and organizations that will be happy to advise you about your puppy. The New Zealand Kennel Club can provide information about breeds and breeders, the local library will have books available and your vets will be happy to provide health care and information about bringing your puppy up.
Be a responsible dog owner – think before you get a puppy and be prepared to put time, effort and money into your puppy. The joy of their companionship and the pride you will feel in having a well-behaved dog, will amply reward your efforts.
Written by: Suzanne Craig BVCs - Small Animal Vet, based at Balclutha and used in the local newspaper (The Leader) in the monthly Pet Corner section.
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