Human negligence is causing the euthanasia epidemic we are seeing in our country. Dogs fall victim to human ignorance, thoughtlessness, and poor management on a daily basis. A lack of realizing the importance of discipline, order, and obedience training can turn a remarkable dog with an immense capacity for companionship into a destructive, aggressive, or hyper annoyance the next. It is this staggering irresponsibility that is killing 5 million adult dogs and puppies on a yearly basis. Instead of investing the time it takes to avert bad behavior before it has a chance to manifest, owners are quick to give their dog’s up due to the now substantial time and financial investment needed to reverse the behavioral problem. Dog ownership is a 10-16 year commitment to managing a healthy, structured relationship. This has the potential to enrich all lives involved. Deciding to add a dog to your family isn’t something to be taken lightly. You can’t just bring a dog home and expect it to know how to navigate through life without leadership. The relationship requires a willingness to invest time and energy in training, before any dangerous or destructive issues have a chance to begin. This investment is one well worth the effort with the enormous bond that can be cultivated when respect between species is practiced regularly.