For some, owning a pet may seem like an easy decision to make. Caring for one doesn’t seem so hard a task. However, seasoned pet experts advise otherwise. Being a responsible pet owner requires much effort and commitment; it’s as demanding and rewarding as caring for another member of your family.
This was the message that Robinsons Supermarket and animal welfare advocate group Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines shared to dog lovers recently when they staged the Best Buddy Dog Fair at Robinsons Magnolia in New Manila, Quezon City.
The Best Buddy Dog Fair became more meaningful as Robinsons Supermarket pledged a kilo of dog food to CARA for every participant who joined the event. The animal organization received 300 kilos of dog food, which were allotted specifically for the care of CARA’s rescued Pitbulls from Laguna, which were exploited and abused in dog fights.
Representing CARA during the event was Vimla Mansukhani, CARA Committee Head for Education of the organization, who also emphasized on responsible animal parenting during her talk. Vimla shared that many dogs, and even cats, are subject to the most inhumane treatment, most of whom end up abandoned on the streets. “This is why we encourage people to be responsible pet owners. If you can’t take care of a dog for fifteen years—which is the average lifespan of a dog—please don’t buy one and then just abandon it, expecting other people to take over your responsibility,” Vimla said. She asked people to consider emotional and financial stability, before even getting a pet.
The Best Buddy Dog Fair also featured a dog-training segment led by Francis Cleofas, a professional dog behavior consultant who gave the audience a preview of the force-free training method.
“With force-free training, you are rewarding the dog for their good behavior,” shared Coach Francis. Accompanied by his female Retriever, Serena, Coach Francis demonstrated the importance of positive reinforcement in fostering a sound mutual relationship with your dog.