Although having a pet can be the coolest, it's also a big responsibility. As a dog owner, it is your job to train, socialize and and protect people from being hurt by your dog. Here's a few tips to ensure that you are a creating a harmonious residence in your community. 

Neuter and Spay your Dog
Neuter/Spay your dog to curb territorial aggression, to prevent unwanted puppies, and to prevent your dog from roaming. All dogs are so much easier to live with when they've been fixed!

Know Your Leash Laws
A leash law is a local ordinance or statute intended to keep domestic animals, especially dogs, from roaming freely. Leash laws vary by community and are most often intended to protect the public against dog bites and other potential problems caused by free-roaming dogs. In general, leash laws require that dogs and other animals be under control on a leash or lead or be enclosed in a fenced area or indoors. Along with stipulating that a dog must be under control, a dog leash law might specify the maximum length of the leash and what kind of fencing is in compliance with the law.

Teach Basic Commands/ Obedience Classes
Teach your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, come and down. Training your dog will not only make your life easier, but will also fulfill your dog's desire to learn and please you.

Socialize Your Dog
Expose your dog to different people and settings regularly. Take him to the park, to the pet store, on a walk through town. Praise him for accepting petting from friendly strangers, and for behaving calmly around other dogs. The more your dog learns of the world, the more comfortable he will be in it.

Respect Your Neighbors
Not everyone will love your dog as much as you do. Keep your dog on your property. Don't force your dog's company on a neighbor who isn't comfortable with dogs.

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