Being a good dog "parent" is like being a cop.
"Protect and Serve" is the sign often seen on the side of police cars. The idea hear is to protect citizens and serve the public.
It makes me think of our role with our companion dogs. First we need to protect them. That covers a lot of ground but includes making sure they are healthy and safe from harm. We have a secure yard so that they can't get out and get lost or hurt. On our dog walks we protect them from getting hit by a car or attacked by an off lead dog. It means regular vet visits and a good diet and exercise plan. There are so many ways we need to protect our dogs.
We also serve them. We are their companions. We provide opportunities for them to be with us and do things together. We play together,explore together, cuddle together and sometimes sleep together. We are serving their animal needs.
So I guess in some ways we are the police for our puppies, in a really good way.
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I am a dog trainer in Riverside California. My specialty is Companion Dog Training. Helping your dog to live in your home.