Michael’s Pack Reminds Dog Owners That September is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month
(Mineola, NY) — Michael Schaier, Owner/Head Trainer, Michael’s Pack, is reminding dog owners that September is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month and is encouraging them to take better care of their furry friends to ensure his or her happiness.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month, which was started by the American Kennel Club, is a nationwide initiative which educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions. Mr. Schaier says it is a lot of work to take care of a dog, but at the end of the day, it pays off.
Mr. Schaier has a list of tips to keep dogs safe and happy:
- Travel Safety — While it looks cute to see a dog hang its head out a car window while the vehicle is in motion, this fun act is not exactly safe for a dog. If an accident occurs, a dog could be thrown out of the vehicle, or if your dog is sitting in the front seat, the airbag could deploy and cause suffocation. To ensure his or her safety, put your dog in a harness or dog seatbelt in the backseat.
- Behavioral Training — Train your dog so that it is well-behaved when it meets other dogs. Rather than bringing your untrained dog to a park and increasing the risk of it harming other dogs and/or running away, be sure to train your friend. Either take the time to train the dog yourself or, perhaps, enroll your pup in training classes. Also, bring a water dish for your dog to make sure he or she stays hydrated. If your dog drinks out of the community water dish, he/she could become ill from parasites that other dogs may be carrying.
- Jumping — Many times, owners with tiny dogs allow them to jump on people when they walk in the door. Rather than making excuses to your guests, make sure to teach your dog the importance of simply walking up to them without jumping. Just because your dog is small doesn’t mean it can’t hurt your guests — especially children.
- Health and Safety — There have been a number of issues with overpopulation, which can result in many animals winding up in shelters. In order to put a halt to crowded animal shelters, make an appointment to get your dog spayed or neutered. In addition, be sure that your dog is receiving the appropriate shots from the veterinarian to prevent illnesses and diseases. This will also help other pets stay healthy, too. Most importantly, have your dog microchipped; it helps find your dog in the event he or she is lost or stolen.
- Exercise — One of the final steps in being a responsible pet owner is to promote healthy eating and avid exercise. This will extend your dog’s life and help him/her feel better. Do not feed your dog table food — it has extra calories that your dog/puppy can live without. Also, take your dog out for a walk once a day, if you can. If not, make sure they get some time to run around the backyard and play catch with you.
“Being responsible for a dog is not as easy as it may seem; however, to make sure that you’re doing a good job, review the above tips,” Mr. Schaier says. “I’ve seen dogs become harmed or even killed due to their owner’s irresponsibility. Don’t fall into that category — do the right thing for your pet.”
For more information, please call (516) DOG.PACK (364-7225) or visit www.michaels-pack.com.
About Michael’s Pack
Michael’s Pack provides private and group dog-training sessions that are based on positive reinforcement, coupled with holistic methods. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sessions are offered, both at the Mineola training facility and in private residences. The author of Wag That Tail: A Trainer's Guide to a Happy Dog, Michael Schaier holds the following certifications: AKC-C.G.C: American Kennel Cub — Canine Good Companion Evaluator; ABC-D.T: Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer; and CPDT-K.A.: Certified Professional Dog Trainer — Knowledge Assessed. For more information, please call (516) 364-7225 or visit www.michaels-pack.com.