I PLEDGE:

  • To make a commitment of time and effort, and to affect scheduling and lifestyle changes, in order to make this relationship work.
  • To start reading and learning about modern dog training methods.
  • To make sure my dog is not exposed to the elements of weather without proper shelter, shade cover, dry ground, access to fresh water, and at least 1 hour of loving companionship and play per day.  I understand this is a minimum and will strive to keep the dog with me as much as possible and treat him/her as an important member of my family.
  • To provide appropriate and timely health care for the life of my dog.
  • To provide my dog with the proper nutrition for optimum health and to keep my dog the proper weight.
  • To keep my dog indoors at night, and to include him/her in the activities of the household while we are home as much as possible.
  • To keep my dog properly groomed.
  • To give my dog ample exercise daily, and make sure that at least three times a week he gets to run and play outdoors.
  • To provide my dog with mental stimulation in the form of either play, interactive toys, training, or off territory leash walks daily.
  • To provide my dog with enough training and/or behavioural management to enable him to be a welcome member of our community and to keep him managed safely.
  • To provide my dog ample outlets for his instincts, such as off territory leash walks/running, opportunities to sniff and explore the natural world and play.
  • To provide my dog with gentle guidance and rules without physical or psychological harm or pain.
  • To provide my dog with enough toys to satisfy his urge to chew and play.
  • To manage my dog carefully so as not to interfere with people and other pets in my community.
  • To not allow him to run free/out of my control, chase cars, bicycles, children, etc.
  • To not use shock collars, invisible fences, choke chains, prong collars, or any other "tool" that may cause harm or pain.
  • To use a well fitted harness for walks and outings.  (I like this style the best, with a front and back clip attachment.  A front clip harness is great in case you need to move the dog away quickly - it moves the front of the body, the end with the teeth, away first.)
  • To always, always, always scoop his poop.