The 10 Commandments of Dog Ownership — AKA, What Your Pet is Really Thinking

Most people know of the 10 commandments, and even if they aren’t strictly religious, attempt to abide by this timeless ethical code. In a similar vein, the “10 Commandments of Dog Ownership” is an equally classic adage for pet owners. Scripted in 1993 by UK-based dog trainer Stan Rawlinson, aka “The Original Dog Listener,” this endearing checklist details ten simple truisms from the family dog’s perspective.

While Rawlinson’s “commandments” were technically written at the behest of your canine family, they’re equally applicable to all of your household pets. Above all, Rawlinson’s list is a gentle reminder of how our furry family members will interpret our actions and, as such, remains essential reading for new and veteran pet owners alike.


By Stan Rawlinson

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me.

Remember that before you buy me.

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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