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“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world...is his dog...When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputations fall to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens."
- Senator Vest, 1884 Congressional Record

1. Consider your habits, available space, family patterns and schedules, and time available for dog feeding, training, care and exercise.
2. Investigate various breeds for requirements and characteristics to match your available resources, family and time.
3. Purebred dogs are bred for consistent physical and personality characteristics. Conscientious breeders are a wealth of information about the breeds.
4. Decide whether you are looking for a puppy or an adult dog. Puppies are cuter, but CFoDC may require less training.
5. You are selecting a dog to be your companion for the life of the dog. Please remember this important fact.

1. National and local dog breed clubs have referrals to member-breeders who have adopted their Code of
2. Contact the breeders, visit their kennel, ask questions, request referrals, and see the parents if possible.
3. Breed Rescue organizations and animal shelters are good sources of adult dogs looking for good homes. Check them out.

A leash and collar are musts for obedience training! A cage or dog crate aids in house-training. Chewy toys aid in chew-training. A grooming table trains your dog for grooming and veterinarian visits as well as human handling.

A brush correct for the dog’s coat and a comb are necessary for proper grooming maintenance and care. Call your local groomer to find out how often your dog needs to go in for grooming.

Nutritional doggy treats are a great reward for training dogs. Verbal praise is the best reward! Consistency is a must!!!

Collar and ID tag should be worn for your pets safety and emergencies. Micro chipping is now available to ensure your pet’s safe return home, if he should become lost.

Have a regular feeding schedule for your dog, using a healthy, balanced dog food. Keep your dogs water bowl clean with fresh water daily.

Visit your veterinarian for information of inoculations and medications required for your dog.

Keep your dog free of external and internal parasites.

Keep your dog in a fenced yard or area for its own protection.

Use your leash and slip-collar at all times when walking your dog. Do not let your dog take you for a walk. You are the one in control of the exercise, walking time. Dog training books and videos are available to
assist you in this training.

Please remember to have a pooper-scooper or bags available at all times to clean your yard as well as cleaning up after your dog when you take him for walks.

Teach your children and their friends not to tease, taunt or mistreat your dog. At the same time, train your dog to accept other dogs and people. Do not forget “children are people too." If you have no children, encourage
your friends to bring their children over. Your dog will then get use to children. Socializing your dog is very important.

Dogs bark to express themselves. Your dog needs your training about when it is okay to bark and when it is not. Your neighbors will appreciate your training and so will your dog.

Dogs have survived and prospered over many centuries, many with mankind’s help. Their inherent urges to
reproduce cause dogs to “seasonally” behave very differently, much like adolescent humans. These urges are controllable by spaying and neutering your dog.

Permitting your dog to have a litter to "show the kids the facts of life.” is no longer an acceptable practice. There are too many “homeless pets” that fill shelters with innocent dogs looking for good homes.

Consult with your veterinarian on spaying your female or neutering your male dog. Once you have done this
“responsible dog ownership” and management becomes an easier task.

Dogs are inherently “pack animals,” meaning they like canine companionship and self-determine their “pecking order.” This extends to neighborhood dogs and other animals in your home.

Most locations require you to keep your dog on a leash when outside your property, unless in an area designated as an “offleash” area. Other laws may require rabies vaccinations, control of your dog so it will
not be a community nuisance as well as specific laws regarding aggressive dogs. Check with local authorities, animal control, and your home owners association with your questions on requirements and
the law.

Enjoy your dog with the many activities available today. Some of these activities are: obedience training and trials, agility, conformation dog shows, field trials, hound “scent/sight” trials, working dog weight pulls, agility test, herding test, backpacking, sledding and one of the newest activities available for people and their dogs is fly ball.

Being a “RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER” can be fun and an activity for the entire family, human and canine.



Behavioral assessment of child-directed canine aggression.
Reisner IR, Shofer FS, Nance ML.

Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010, USA. reisner@vet.upenn.edu


OBJECTIVE: To characterize behavioral circumstances of bites to children by dogs presented to a veterinary behavior clinic.

METHODS: Retrospective case series examining medical records of dogs presenting by referral to a university veterinary hospital for aggression and which had bitten a child <18 years old. Behavioral data included age of victim, familiarity with dog, and circumstances of bites.

RESULTS: Records of bites to 111 children were examined. Children <6 years old were most commonly bitten in association with resource guarding (44%), whereas older children were most commonly bitten in association with territory guarding (23%). Similarly, food guarding was the most common circumstance for bites to familiar children (42%) and territory guarding for bites to unfamiliar children (53%). Behavioral screening of the 103 dogs examined revealed resource guarding (61%) and discipline measures (59%) as the most common stimuli for aggression. Anxiety screens revealed abnormalities in 77% of dogs. Potential contributory medical conditions were identified/suspected in 50% of dogs. When history before presentation was known, 66% of dogs had never previously bitten a child, and 19% had never bitten any human. Most dogs (93%) were neutered, and 66% of owners had taken their dogs to obedience training classes.

CONCLUSIONS: Most children were bitten by dogs with no history of biting children. There is a high rate of behavioral abnormalities (aggression and anxiety) in this canine population. Common calming measures (neutering, training) were not routinely effective deterrents.

PMID: 17916894 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]PMCID: PMC2610618Free PMC Article

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