You can be a responsible pet owner by complying with the requirements set out in the new Dog Act:
- Provide food, water, shelter, enough space to walk around, and medical care when suffering.
- Prevent your dog from wandering the streets with a fenced in yard, a dog run cable, or a dog run.
- Keep it on a leash when in public areas.
Additionally, there are other actions you should take at a minimum to be a responsible dog owner:
- Train or socialize your dog.
- Make your dog identifiable with a dog tag or a chip.
- Prevent your dog from having unwanted puppies, preferably by operation. The only good reason not to spay/neuter is if you’re conscientiously breeding the dog and acting responsibly with the puppies.
- Prevent disease by vaccination, giving heartworm medication, and keeping your dog tick free.
- Visit your veterinarian for a yearly check up/vaccination.