Dog Parent Code of Ethics
Bringing a new dog into your life is a major decision and with it comes important responsibilities. By adopting your dog from a member of the Good Dog community, you agree to uphold the following commitments, which are designed to ensure your dog’s continued health and well-being.
New Dog Parents
All new dog parents agree to:
- Have their dog examined by a licensed veterinarian shortly after bringing the dog home.
- Ensure that their dog is always cared for both physically and emotionally, including by providing proper shelter, food, water, exercise, grooming, human contact, stimulation and protection from bodily harm.
- If the dog is a puppy, not have the puppy around other animals (other than their own household pets) until the puppy has received all proper vaccinations. Puppies are highly susceptible to contract viruses such as parvovirus or kennel cough if taken into high traffic areas such as dog parks and pet stores.
- Not sell or trade the dog to any pet shop, wholesaler or broker for any reason whatsoever.
- Ensure their dogs have permanent identification (by microchip, tattoo, or otherwise).
- Have their dog receive a veterinary exam at least once per year.
- Seek immediate veterinary care in the event of sickness or injury.
- Have their dog spayed/ or neutered (if not placed for breeding purposes).
- If from a breeder:
- Keep the breeder informed about any physical or behavioral health problems that arise in any dog obtained from them, especially health problems that are known to be inheritable or that have unknown causes.
- Regardless of the reason or circumstances, notify the breeder if they are ever unable to keep their dog so that the breeder can either take the dog back or help in rehoming it. If the breeder is unable or unwilling to either take the dog back or help in rehoming it, the new dog parent must notify Good Dog to assist in rehoming.
- Notify the breeder of any change of address and/or phone number for their records.
- Keep in touch with their breeder and send them lots of pictures. This one is optional but highly encouraged!