When is it appropriate to lease a dog? Though the term may sound unusual, it is a common practice to lease a dog. Many dog breeders will lease the services of a stud dog or breeding bitch and breeding organizations like the American Kennel Club, AKC, have put in place very specific rules that governing the leasing of a dog for breeding purposes.
For as long as filmmaking and theater have existed, there has been a need for animal performers and the leasing of animals for entertainment purposes is quite common. Many films require the services of a canine actor so production companies will routinely lease a dog to perform. Owners and trainers of leased dogs are typically responsible for the care of the canine actor and may be noted in a film's credits as animal wranglers. The American Humane Society is often brought in to make sure that animals used in films and theater productions are well cared for and treated according to the standards established by the organization's No Animals Were HarmedŽ program.
For families struggling with the decision to add a dog to family group, organizations like the 4-H offer a program that allows parents to lease a dog. The organization's Lease A Dog Program gives parents the opportunity to bring a dog into their home. Parents and their children are responsible for the daily care and feeding of the dog while learning about the responsibilities of pet ownership before making a long term commitment to owning and caring for a dog. This great program teaches children and their parents what it means to have a great addition to the family.