General Responsibilities

Your dog must be under control at all times, but allow time for free exercise and play – much more valuable than long walks for puppies up to 8-9 months.

 

  • Always clean up after your dog, don't let it foul the paths, parks, public places or the training ground!
  • Don’t let your dog be a nuisance, some people don’t like them.
  • Don’t let your dog make unnecessary noise
  • Don’t allow your dog to roam.
  • Don’t let it chase livestock.
  • Do let your dog have a quiet sleeping place of their own.

Considerate Owners Responsibilities

  • You must work hard to gain mutual respect and understanding, to develop a rewarding relationship with your dog.
  • If there are children in your family they must be taught how to care for and respect their dog. Make sure that all the family use the same commands.
  • Consider having your dog neutered, then you do not have to worry about your bitch being pestered by dogs when she is in season or your dog chasing after bitches, also if he is aggressive with other dogs neutering can reduce aggression.
  • It is the law that you should identify your dog with a disc which has your name, address and telephone number on it. Microchipping or tattooing are also an option. Once you have found food which suits your dog, stick to it.
  • Socialise your dog as much as possible from an early age, with dogs and people, this needs to be ongoing as your dog grows up.
  • Train your dog to be left alone for reasonable amounts of time.
  • Be patient with your dog when training, especially during it’s ‘teens’! Remember a dog can learn wrong things just as easily as right things if you give the wrong signals.
  • Ask for help with problems, don’t leave them to go away on their own – they won’t – either in behaviour or health wise.
  • Use a good, reliable boarding kennel for your dog when you go on holiday.
  • Keep your attention on your own dog! This way many problems can be avoided.
  • Do not leave your dog tied up and unattended except for the absolute minimum of time.
  • Do not bring your dog to class if it is ill or in season. Be aware of changes in your dog’s behaviour or appearance, it may be ill, if in doubt consult a vet.
  • Members please supervise their children, especially when dog training classes are taking place.
  • Please remember you MUST keep your dog on a lead at all times unless under the supervision of an Instructor.

PHEW!! Seems a lot doesn’t it? But it’s all important.

A final few words, enjoy your dog, the only real problem with them is that they are not with us long enough.

Don’t forget to play with your dog!