CHICAGO (CBS) – Animal advocates are using September to raise awareness about responsible dog ownership. They are reminding people – especially potential new dog owners – that raising a happy and healthy dog is more than just playtime and pampering.
“People don’t do enough research for the breed or type of dog for their lifestyle,” says Lisa Peterson at the American Kennel Club. “They get a dog based solely on its look or appearance and they don’t realize how much exercise it needs or grooming.”
Peterson says AKC sponsored “Responsible Dog Ownership Days” events are being held across the country and right here in the Chicago area during September. Dog clubs, animal shelters and others are teaming up to remind people what really goes into caring for a dog.