What It Takes to Be a Responsible Dog Owner


>> AND JUST A LITTLE WHILE HERE I WILL BE HEADED HOME WITH A WET NOSE AND A WAGGING TAIL WAITING TO POUNCE AND LET ME KNOW HE IS SUPER EXCITED TO SEE ME. NO I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT MY HUSBAND, AND TALK ABOUT OUR BLACK LAB. MAN’S BEST FRIEND SURE DOES NOT SHOW SOME LOVE. ASIDE A DAY FOR OUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS? NATIONAL DOG DAY IS IN TWO WEEKS. AUGUST 26, THE DAY ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERSHIP OF ALL BREEDS AND EMBRACES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL DOGS TO LIVE A HAPPY SAFE AND ABUSE FREE LIFE. DOGS NOT ONLY GIVE US COMPANIONSHIP BUT THEY KEEP US SAFE AND AID THOSE IN NEED. NATIONAL DOG DAY IS FINDING HOME FOR DOGS IN NEED OF A LOVING FAMILY. THE NATIONAL DOG THE FOUNDATION HOPES TO RESCUE $10,000 EACH YEAR. BUT HOLD ON JUST A SECOND, BEFORE YOU RESCUE A DOG, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT COMES WITH IT. WALK THE DOG, FEED THE DOG, PLAY WITH THE DOG, A LOT GOES INTO BEING A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER. THAT’S WHY THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB HAS SET ASIDE A DAY FOR RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS. JOINING US NOW ARE KAREN CUNNINGHAM AND AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN INSTRUCTOR AND ONE OF OUR COWORKERS HERE AT WBOC. SHE HAS WITH HER A THREE MONTH OLD BERNADETTE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. SHE IS HAPPY TO BE ON THE COUCHES TODAY. ISN’T SHE?>> SHE LIKES THE ATTENTION A LOT. TELL US ABOUT BERNADETTE. CAN I BERNADETTE YOU KNOW WAS NAMED FOR ONE OF THE CHARACTERS ON THE BIG BANG THEORY. SHE IS AN OLD SPORTING DOG CALLED A SUSSEX SPANIEL. AND THE COOL THING ABOUT RARE SEE THEM VERY OFTEN YOU CAN COME OUT TO THE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY AT THE KENNEL CLUB ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 AND MADE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT GRADES THAT YOU JUST DON’T SEE EVERY DAY.>> YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH ONE MIGHT BE FOR YOU. SO THERE’S SO MUCH MORE ANATOMIC IS THIS ALL TIME. THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER THAN JUST FEEDING THEM AND MAKING SURE THEY GET OUT AND PLAY AND STUFF LIKE THAT.>> RIGHT. LOTS OF EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT. LOTS OF COMPANIONSHIP. ALSO OFTEN TELL PEOPLE WHO HAVE ONE DOG AND THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS, YOUR BEST SOLUTION IS TO GET A SECOND DOG. SO THAT THE DOG HAS COMPANIONSHIP AND PLAYTIME. AND YOU’LL GET TO LEARN A LOT AT THE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY ABOUT HOW YOU CAN TRAIN AND TEACHER DOG. THE HUMANE SOCIETY WILL ALSO BE THERE WITH ADOPTION INFORMATION. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF DEMOS. YOU CANNOT ONLY WATCH BUT PARTICIPATE IN. SO IT IS KID FRIENDLY, DOG APPROVED. YOU CAN BRING WELL MANNERED DOGS OUT AND ENJOY THE MORNING WITH THEM. AND IT WILL BE IN THE MORNING SO THAT IS BEFORE IT GETS TOO HOT.>> I HAVE TO ASK WHAT IS A WELL MANNERED DOG? WHAT YOU CONSIDER ONE?>> IS ONE THAT DOESN’T IMMEDIATELY JUMP UP ON PEOPLE EVERY TIME YOU MEET SOMEONE NEW. AND ESPECIALLY NOT ANOTHER DOG. IT MUST BE POLITE TO OTHER DOGS AND POLITE TO PEOPLE. NOT KNOCKING DOWN CHILDREN WHEN IT MEETS CHILDREN. THAT SORT OF THING. SO THEY SAY GETTING A DOG IS A GOOD WAY FOR FOR A COUPLE TO PREPARE FOR GETTING A CHILD. YOU MAKE A YES.>> DO YOU THINK THAT?>> THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE A SCHEDULE AND YOUR SCHEDULE AND THE DOG SCHEDULE PARTICULARLY THE PUBLIC SCHEDULE MAY NOT ALWAYS BE IN SYNC RIGHT AWAY. SO YOU HAVE TO LEARN EACH OTHER’S HABITS AND SCHEDULES AND LEARN HOW TO JUST LIVE COMFORTABLY WITH EACH OTHER. LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT IS A LOT THAT I INSTRUCT IN MY CLASS. IT IS ABOUT LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT.>> OKAY SO WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER? I THINK PEOPLE OFTEN DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO TRAIN A DOG TO HAVE GOOD MANNERS. THEY THINK IT IS ALL ABOUT JUST FOLLOWING COMMANDS. THE THINGS WE STRESS VERY MUCH AT THE KENNEL CLUB IN OUR CLASSES IS SOCIALIZATION. SO THAT THE DOG IS FUN TO TAKE PLACE. THE KIDS SOCCER GAMES, WALKS IN THE PARK. SO PEOPLE COME TO CLASS AND START TO GET THE IDEA THAT GOOD MANNERS INVOLVE BEING WELL UNDERSTAND IT IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT FOLLOWING A COMMAND. IT IS ABOUT JUST BEING PLEASANT TO BE AROUND.>> OKAY SO YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EVENT THAT IS COMING UP ABOUT RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY. AND IT COMES WITH A COST TOO.>> YES, THE CHARITABLE TRUST WILL BE DOING A DOG WALK. IT RAISES MONEY TO BUY EQUIPMENT FOR LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS. AND THEIR CANINES FIRST RESPONDERS. SO WE DONATED A LOT OF MATERIALS OVER THE YEARS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.>> ALRIGHT AND IF YOU LIKE TO GO WE HAVE THE INFORMATION HERE. IT IS FROM 8:00 A.M. UNTIL NOON AT WINTER PLACE PART. THAT IS THE SALISBURY KENNEL CLUB. REGISTRATION IS BETWEEN EIGHT AND 915 A.M. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME!>> IT WILL BE A GOOD TIME.

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