The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership

The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership
Jaiya's Animal Rescue - Mon Dec 07, 2009 @ 01:46AM
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“The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership”

  • My life is likely to last 10-15 years, any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you buy me.

  • Give me time to understand what you want from me, don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

  • Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

  • Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment, I am not capable of understanding why? I only know I have been rejected, you have your work entertainment and friends I only have you.

  • Talk to me sometimes, even if I don't understand your words I understand your voice and your tone, "you only have to look at my tail".

  • Be aware that however you treat me I'll never forget it, and if it's cruel it may affect me forever.

  • Please don't hit me I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don't ever want to do that.

  • Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods or I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak, I may be just dog tired.

  • Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention.
  • Go with me on difficult journeys, never say, "I can't bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you

《狗的十条戒律》(“The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership”)

1. 我大概能活10到15年,你我之间的任何分别对我来说都会很痛苦,在你决定养我之前请考虑清楚。

2. 请给我点时间让我明白你想要我做什么。

3. 你对我的信任,就是我最大的幸福。

4. 请不要对我生太久的气,也不要把我锁起来当作惩罚。你有你的工作、活动,还有朋友,而我只有你。

5. 请时不时地跟我说说话,哪怕我听不懂你在讲什么,但我知道那是你的声音。

6. 请用心地对待我,我是不会忘记的。

7. 当你打我的时候,请记住我的牙可以轻易咬碎你的手骨,但我很不情愿做这样的事。

8. 在你骂我不配合、难以控制或懒惰之前,请先问问你自己,是不是有什么事情让我感到不适了。也许是我吃的东西不对,或者是我太久没出去晒太阳了,再者是我开始衰老了。

9. 我老了以后请好好照顾我,因为你也会变老的。

10. 请带着我体验不同的旅行,不要说“我照看不好它的”或者是“让它独自寻乐吧”。如果你在我身边的话,所有的事情都会变得简单。请记住,我爱你。

© Stan Rawlinson 1993

This article was written by ©Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener). A professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at for more articles and training information.

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