Carpe Shar-Pei (Seize the Wrinkled Dog)

AKC CGC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER'S PLEDGEŽ

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN OWNER'S COMMITMENT
TO RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP

I understand that to truly be a Canine Good Citizen, my dog needs a responsible owner. I agree to maintain my dog's health, safety, and quality of life. By participating in the Canine Good Citizen test, I agree:

I will be responsible for my dog's health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines


  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times


  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog's safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.


  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.


  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.


  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.


  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog's waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog's quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.


  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.


  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

After signing the pledge, owners and their dogs will be ready for the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

Josh Billings

Credits:
Paper and canvas prints of "Growing Up Chinese Shar-Pei" by Barbara Keith are available online.

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