Your Best Friend

How To
Be Humane

 young girl with collie pup

Dogs can be your best friend.

Your best friend is counting on you to treat him with respect. Being humane to your dog will help him stay safe, healthy, and happy.

 Humane means:
Acting kind, gentle, and generous towards all living creatures.

Are You Kind? cute dog

Being kind means feeling empathy and compassion for another. When we feel empathy, we know how to make our dogs feel good by feeding them when they're hungry, giving them water when they're thirsty, or leaving them alone when they're tired.

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 Are You Gentle? cute dog

A gentle person is careful never to hurt a dog. Gentle people learn to hold dogs so they feel safe and comfortable. Gentle people teach dogs with encouraging words, and lots of hugs. Gentle people don't yell at their dogs, hit them, or handle them roughly.

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 Are You Generous? cute dog

Generous people give time, money and love to others. They take time to walk their dogs, play with their dogs, and pet their dogs. Generous people will give up TV time to be with their dogs. Generous people will spend the money that is necessary to keep their dogs healthy and happy.

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7 week old golden retriever

 Treating your puppy or dog with respect and kindness is the best way to teach your dog trust.


Remember these important facts:
cute dog People who are humane have more friends than those who are not.

cute dog Dogs with humane owners are happy and well-adjusted.

cute dog People who are humane feel good about themselves.


Your best friend will always be at your side.
Artwork by Leena, age 16 


Jami: I play chess with my dog every day.

Jessy: Wow, your dog must be very smart!

Jami: Oh, not really. I usually win!  
Thanks to Jessica, age 13, from Illinois USA for this clever joke!



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