Responsibility of a Dog Owner:
•Put your dog through basic obedience training. Continue to keep up with a training program throughout your dog's life. •Allow your dog to meet and interact with different types of people under calm and positive circumstances, especially children, disabled persons and elderly people.
•Expose your dog to various situations on a regular basis, such as other animals, loud noises, large machines, bicycles, and anything else that might cause fear. Start at the youngest age possible, and keep the experiences positive.
•Do not discipline your dog with physical, violent, or aggressive punishments.
•Always keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced area. Know your dog well before letting him off-leash in permitted areas and keep your dog in your sight at all times.
•If you suspect or know that your dog has fearful or aggressive tendencies, always warn others. DO NOT let your dog approach people and other animals unless the situation is highly controlled. Use a muzzle if necessary.
•Keep your dog's vaccinations current (especially Rabies) and visit your vet routinely for wellness check-ups.
•Always reward and praise your dog for good behavior.
Basic Responsibilities for Everyone:
•Never try to approach or touch an unfamiliar dog without first asking the owner's permission. If an owner is not present, do not go near the dog.
•When meeting an unknown dog, allow the dog to come to you. Let him sniff your hand before you pet him.
•Do not put your face close to an unknown dog - this includes "hugs and kisses."
•Understand dog body language - most dogs will show specific warning signs before biting.
•If you are cornered by a dog, remain still and avoid eye contact. Never run and/or scream. When the dog stops paying attention to you, slowly back away.
•If knocked over by a dog, fall to your side in a fetal position, covering your head and face. Remain very still and calm.
•Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. Dogs in these situations are more likely to be protective and can become startled.
•Never Never Never leave young children or babies alone with a dog for any reason.
•Do not approach, touch or attempt to move an injured dog. Instead, contact a veterinary professional or animal control for assistance. The dog cannot understand you are trying to help him…he just feels pain.