September is responsible dog owner month

People often associate September with the start of school, football season, and Fall — it’s also Responsible Dog Ownership Month. So while you’re planning your seasonal fun, consider ways to celebrate your dog and practice your own responsible dog ownership.

What does being a responsible dog owner mean to you? Is it simply providing shelter, food, and water? Is it bringing your dog in for a yearly examination and vaccinations? Or is it more than that?

Owning a dog is a privilege, not a right.


Like people, dogs require exercise. While it’s easy to fall back on the traditional walk around the block, responsible dog ownership requires dog owners to discover the kind of exercise their dog loves.

Health and Wellness

Another important responsibility is scheduling and attending regular veterinary check-ups for your dog, seeking appropriate dental care, and providing proper nutrition.


There are many fun ways to bond with your dog, from enjoying a morning walk to snuggling on the couch. Training is an excellent way not only to make your dog safer, better behaved, and more social, but also to strengthen the bond you share.


Socializing your dog is important at any stage of a dog’s life, from puppy to senior, and can prove a fun and fulfilling way to celebrate responsible dog ownership.


The familiar “safety first” instruction is no less relevant in the context of dog ownership. A concrete way to engage in responsible dog ownership is to ensure that your dog thrives in the most secure environment possible.


On the third Saturday in September, Responsible Dog Ownership Day reminds pet owners to make a promise to your furever friend. 

The observance encourages current and future pet owners to commit to being responsible for their loyal hound. Being responsible protects not only the dog but all those who may be affected by him, too. Dogs bring many benefits to our lives. Ensuring they remain healthy, happy, and safe is a vital part of our job as dog owners.

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