Responsible Dog Ownership

Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial

relationship. We want to be sure that you recognize the commitment

involved.  Please read and understand before adopting a dog. 

 

LIFE LONG COMMITMENT

  • Lifelong care of the pet. This means committing to the relationship for your pet's entire life.

  • Selecting a pet that is suited to your home and lifestyle and avoiding impulsive decisions.

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Socialization and appropriate training for your pet(s) to facilitate their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.

  • Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to your pet(s)' age, breed, and health status.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

  • Recognizing that owning a pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.

  • Provide safe and appropriate equipment necessary to maintain a dog (e.g., collar, leash, bowls, crate, bedding, quality diet)

  • Prepare for costs associated with providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of your pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, your veterinarian.

  • Australian Labradoodles require regular brushing and visits to the groomer, you must never allow your dog's coat to become excessively matted as their are associated health risks.  

  • Making arrangements for the care of your pet when or if you are unable to do so, such as a dog walker, pet sitter or boarding facility.

  • Keeping only the type and number of pets for which you can provide an appropriate and safe environment. This includes appropriate quality food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.

HEALTH COMMITMENT

  • Provide preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of your pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, your veterinarian.

  • Provide a high quality diet.  LBL does not consider any food purchased from the shelves of a grocery store or big box retailer to be quality or provide proper nutrition

  • Helping to manage overpopulation by spay/neuter of your pet at the appropriate time.

  • Be prepared to commit to care in emergency illness or injury situations.

  • Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

  • Recognizing declines in your pet(s)' quality of life and making decisions in consultation with your veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

COMMIT TO TRAINING & RESPECTING OTHERS 

  • Obedience training provides canine etiquette to better manage your dog and helps to create a bond.

  • Commit to socialize your puppy within the critical time window and provide positive experiences.

  • Preventing your pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment. This includes keeping them on a leash, proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.

PROVIDE PROPER IDENTIFICATION​

  • Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that their registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date

  • Adhering to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.​​​

  • Include your pets in your planning for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.

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