The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership

March 8, 2010 by Kelley  
Filed under Dog Advice, Dog News

I stumbled upon this list and thought it would be a nice thing to share with the rest of the world’s dog lovers. The author is Stan Rawlinson, and he’s graciously allowed me to post it here for your further enjoyment. What emotions did reading this stir in you?

The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership

  1. My life just lasts for ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you choose to buy me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want.
  3. Please trust me! That’s what I’m happy with…
  4. Don’t be angry at me for a long time or lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. But I only have you.
  5. Talk to me sometimes. Eventhough I don’t understand your words, but I can still understand your tone when you talk.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget.
  7. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones of your hand but I chose not to bite you.
  8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, Ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sunfor too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.
  9. Take care of me when I am getting old…
  10. Please be with me on any difficult journeys. Please never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are here. Remember…I Love you always.


© Stan Rawlinson 1993
Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer
0208 979 2019


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2 Responses to “The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership”
  1. Hi

    I hope yoiu like the poem. I am actually the author though on your website you state author is unknown.

    Therefore could you please credit me with an active link back
    I wrote this in 1993 I have no problem with you using it but can you please follow my requirements for its use. I want no money just the recognition and link back to my site. Thank you

    Kind regards

    Stan Rawlinson MTCBPT.MPAACT
    Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer
    H 0208 979 2019
    M 07976 153161
    [email protected]

    Founder Member and Chairman of PAACT
    The Professional Association of Applied Canine Trainers

  2. Kelley says:


    Thank you for letting me know you authored this wonderful poem. I recieved it in an email. I will modify the post to give you the credit you rightly deserve.


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