What it takes to be a responsible dog owner

Monroe City Search and Rescue demonstrates how Disel helps find missing persons at Responsible Dog Owner day.

Owning a dog is a lot of work.

Whether you're a first time dog owner or have had numerous dogs in your life, each dog has a unique personality.

They all need love, attention and the proper training to be the dog you imagined bringing home.

The Quincy Kennel Club held its annual Responsible Dog Ownership Day Sunday.

Quincy Kennel Club training director Mary Price said the goal of the day-long program is to teach people that there is more that they can do with their dogs than just have them sit on their lap.

"Dogs like to do things," Price said. "They like be encouraged to be more active and stimulate their intelligence."

The Kennel Club held demonstrations like its agility and obedience classes. Rich Enochs with the Monroe City Search and Rescue showed the public how rescue dogs can be trained to do just about anything.

"Anybody can do anything if you want to put the time to it," he said. "An uncontrollable dog can be controlled, if you put the right time and ethics to it."

Diesel is part of Monroe City's search and rescue team. He was rescued from a kill shelter and had only days to live.

His owner said shelter dogs aren't bad dogs. Most just haven't had the proper training.

"Just like Diesel, they paid a lot of money for this dog," said Enochs. "He was good quality but they didn't follow through with the obedience and the education on the dog, which made him be a bad dog. It wasn't because he wanted to, it was because he didn't have the knowledge not to," he said.

"Before you give up on the dog, try obedience training," Price said. "It's very simple, it's a way you can bond with your dog. A bond that you can't get any other way."

Having a dog is a lifetime commitment. The Quincy Kennel Club encourages you to research the type of dog you are looking to adopt to make sure it matches your lifestyle and personality.

" It's a commitment for the lifetime of the dog. They are not a disposable commodity," Price said.