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Responsible dog ownership

Being a responsible dog owner is not only about feeding your dog everyday and taking him to the vet if it is sick or injured.

It’s also about making sure he is properly vaccinated every year, wears a collar, has a municipality registration disc, is microchipped, and has an identity disc with your phone number on it.  All contact numbers for identification must be kept up-to-date.  K9 Friends also advise you to have your dog neutered to prevent the many unwanted puppies in the UAE.

Daily routine

Dogs need to be exercised regularly, usually twice a day, in all weathers. In the summer heat you should exercise your dog in the early morning and at night to avoid over heating.  You should carry poop-bags with you to clean up after your dog.

Please see Housetraining your dog page for advice and video on housetraining.

Both tinned and dried pet food, provide a balanced, nutritious diet but remember to provide extra water with dried food.  Water must always be clean and fresh. Human food is not recommended.  Human chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can be fatal in large quantities.

Your pet’s bed should be in a quiet, draught-free place and out of direct sunlight. Vacuuming or laundering the bedding will keep smells, and fleas, at bay.

Good behaviour

Both you and your dog will be happier if he is socialised with people and other animals, and is easy to control.  Dog training classes allow your dog to meet others in a controlled environment, and enable you to learn correct handling techniques.  This will strengthen the bond between you.  Socialising from an early age will help prevent behavioural problems.  Regular walks provide your dog with a change of scene and the chance to meet other dogs. Remember, your dog needs a social life too.  Don’t encourage your dog to chase cats or other small animals.

Health

A responsible dog owner doesn’t wait until their pet becomes ill before registering with a vet.  Your pet will need annual vaccinations which is also a good opportunity for a complete health check.

Your pet will have received at least one vaccination whilst at K9 Friends unless it arrived with a record of prior vaccinations.  It should also be up to date with its worm treatment when it leaves.  However it is important that flea and worm treatments are repeated regularly throughout your pet’s life as its health will suffer if parasites are not controlled.

Regular grooming keeps coats clean and healthy, and is essential if you have a long-haired pet.

Neutering not only prevents unwanted litters, but can also prevent tumours and other health problems.  If you have a male dog, it can also help to curb straying or aggression.

Identification & loss prevention

Most owners assume that their pet will never go missing but, as the number of strays we receive every day proves, they are mistaken.  Identification is important for dogs – it is a legal requirement that all dogs wear a collar and registration disc and is Microchipped – your vet can provide this service.  We microchip all dogs before they go to new homes.  Remember to update your details with your microchip provider if you move house or change telephone numbers.

On roads and streets keep your dog on a lead at all times as he could easily be startled by a noise and may run off, and could get hurt or killed by a vehicle.  Before letting him off in a safe area for the first time, be confident he will come back when you want him to.  Do not let your dog out on his own as he will classed as a stray and could be impounded.  Never leave your pet tied up outside a shop alone as he may be mistaken as a lost dog or may even be stolen.  Ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date before allowing him outside.

For more information on identification and loss prevention, take a look at keeping your dog safe.

Going away

When planning a trip away, ensure you make proper arrangements for your pets. You should only consider friends or neighbours if they can be trusted to care for your pet properly.  If necessary, take time to introduce your dog to his carer before you go away.  For instance, your friend could join you and your dog on a couple of walks.  Explain his daily routine and leave contact numbers for yourself and your vet in case of emergencies.  Put a new identity disc on your pet’s collar with the contact details of his temporary carer and if your pet is microchipped let the company who manages the database know the temporary carer’s contact details.

If you are considering a boarding kennels, visit beforehand to check it is suitable. Ask lots of questions like, how many daily walks do the dogs get? Word of mouth is the best recommendation. You will need to book up well in advance, especially at peak holiday times, as the best kennels are always fully booked.

Children

Most dogs happily co-exist with children if they have lived with them from an early age.  It is important that children are taught to respect animals and are not allowed to treat them as toys.  Pets need their own space, so children should not disturb your pet when he is sleeping or eating.  Never leave a dog alone with children.  Always supervise interactions to ensure children do not tease or overexcite your pet.

A big commitment

Giving a home to a rescue animal is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone  can have. However, it is important to know and feel that you are ready to take on the commitment. – a life that will be totally dependent on you.

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