Dog Warden Helpful Hints
Items Of Interest
10 EXCUSES FOR NOT BUYING DOG LICENSE…and why they don’t work
- I can’t afford it. You can’t afford NOT to! Remember, it is a law. Failure to license could result in fines and court costs up to $150.
- I just got the dog a couple of months ago. Ohio law requires you to license your dog upon taking possession, and gives you 30 days to purchase the license until the cost doubles. If the dog was previously licensed by another owner, the license can be transferred to you.
- When they start licensing cats, I’ll license my dog. Cats, unlike dogs, are not currently required by state law to be licensed. Cats also do not enjoy the same sheltering and rescue efforts afforded to dogs.
- A license is just a tax for dog owners. A dog license is legal proof of ownership and provides you and your pet specific legal rights and protections. Revenue from license sales goes in to the dog and kennel fund, which pays for animal control services pertaining to dogs.
- It’s my kids’ dog. Teach your child to be a responsible pet owner and insure your dog is wearing a valid license. Unless your child is 18 years of age or older, you are legally the responsible party.
- My dog isn’t expected to live much longer. Older dogs suffer from hearing loss, failing sight, and become easily confused and lost. Protect your aging, senior pet.
- Everyone in the neighborhood knows my dog. Your pet may wander out of the immediate neighborhood. The auditor’s office, the animal shelter, and dog wardens and the public all work together to return pets to their rightful owners by tracing dog license numbers. A licensed dog is a loved dog!
- My dog has a rabies tag. That’s great as your dog is required to be inoculated. A license is easier to trace, however, and is legal proof of ownership.
- My dog doesn’t need a license; it is only 5 months old. Ohio law requires all dogs three months of age and older to be licensed. License your puppy right away as puppies often get lost.
- It’s a house dog and never gets out/or it never leaves the yard. All dogs are known to get out occasionally. It’s the little house dog who never leaves the yard that can become the most easily lost if they venture a short distance away. Think of the license as an insurance policy, just in case.
Check out this: Dog Owner Requirements (PDF)
Pet Owner Tips
- Make him/her part of the family. Pets, especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family.
- Pet Proof your house. To keep your pet healthy you should research what household products and foods can harm your pet. Make sure these are kept in secure locations so your pet cannot get into them.
- Care for your pet. Regular visits to the vet and groomer are absolutely necessary. Insuring your pet may also be important to your pet’s health. Emergencies can happen at any time. Ensure your pet gets the help he needs no matter the cost with pet insurance.
- Spay and neuter your pet. Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives. Plus, spayed a neutered pets are less likely to develop behavior problems.
- Always keep an ID tag on your pet. Consider getting your pet micro-chipped as well to help identify him if he is lost or stolen.
- Train your pet to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like "sit" and "stay." In an emergency situation these cues could save your pet’s life.
- Give him the exercise he needs. All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and to release their energy. Without it, your pet will begin to act out. Young pets that do not get enough exercise are more likely to develop negative behavioral issues that lead many to give up their pet.
- Feed him/her properly. Ask your vet what type of food and how much is right for you pet. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent weight related health problems.
- Socialize your pet. Meeting new people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet. Plus, having extra playmates will help relieve some of your pet’s built-up energy.
- Love your pet. You are your pet’s favorite thing in the whole world. He craves your love, attention and care. So show him the love and devotion he shows you!