Quad-City Creatures By Heidi Dahms Foster, Prescott Valley, Arizona A local blog all about pets and pet activities in the quad-city area.PV, Prescott and beyond.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Weekend event is about responsible dog ownership
Heidi Dahms Foster
They're cute, but they depend on your care, day in and day out.
Photo by Heidi Dahms Foster
I've always maintained that it's pretty hard to legislate responsible pet ownership, but that we can accomplish much with proper education.
Yavapai Kennel Club, the newest dog club on the block, right here in Prescott Valley, takes that mission seriously, and its members are putting their bark, so to speak, where their mouth is with a Responsible Dog Ownership Day on Sunday at Mountain Valley Park.
You can enjoy demonstrations of dog agility, herding and shutzhund (protection dog) that may inspire you to pursue more training or one of these activities with your dog.
Have your dog micro-chipped while you're there, so it wil be easier for vets or animal control to return him to you if he gets lost.
After all the pet food recalls last year, you probably would like some more information about canine nutrition. That will be available.
You'll also be able to observe highly trained police K9's in action, and see a demonstration of new veterinary shockwave therapy.
Have your dog's photo taken, and if you're confident of his obedience training, why not test for his Canine Good Citizen title? It's easy, and simply requires a well-trained, social dog. If yours isn't, it's a great thing to work toward.
Kudos to YKC for putting on this event, because people who get a dog many times aren't really sure what it takes to care for one, or what resources are available to help make this a great relationship.
If your child wants a dog, this is a good event to begin the education process.
Getting a dog isn't just about tying it up in the back yard and tossing some food out each day.
With some forethought, this can be one of the most rewarding relationships in your life, with unconditional love, companionship, and many activities.
The event is free, and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park right off Robert Road on Nace Lane.
Gather up Rover, on leash of course, and c'mon out.