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September is responsible dog ownership month. Are you a responsible owner?

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Owning a dog is a wonderful and rewarding experience. However, the benefits do come with responsibility including a commitment of both your time and your finances. In addition to meeting the basic needs of your dog, we suggest some of the following tips for conscientious dog ownership.

  1. Cleaning up after your pet is a legal requirement in most municipalities. Do your part to keep your community safe and clean.
  2. Provide proper identification. Your dog should wear a collar and identification tag at all times. Identification tag should give the dog’s name as well as your contact information (phone number, home address or both). You may also want to consider microchipping your dog.
  3. When preparing for an emergency or disaster, don’t forget to include your pet’s needs in your evacuation kit.
  4. Spay or neuter your pet. Not only does this help limit pet overpopulation but in many instances, it can help curb aggressive behavior.
  5. Properly train your dog. A well-behaved and properly socialized dog is less likely to upset people and pets in public places and will be more welcome at gatherings. You could be held legally or financially responsible if your dog’s misbehavior results in any sort of accident or injury to others.

Pit bull DogIf you are considering owning a dog, keep in mind that some insurance companies will not offer homeowners insurance to owners of ‘vicious’ dog breeds such as Pit Bulls, Doberman, or Rottweiler’s. Access Home Insurance DOES offer coverage for homeowners with these breeds of dog, although our policies exclude liability coverage for damage or injury to others caused by vicious dog breeds.

For more information about Access Home Insurance, contact your insurance agent or Find an Agent on our website.