|A large proportion of Japan's urban population lives in collective
housing arrangements, and as the understanding of the importance of companion
animals in society as a whole increases, a growing number of multi-unit
housing are allowing pets. Thus, it is increasingly important for the pet
owners to raise their companion animals responsibly and with due consideration
of the social rules involved. It is of utmost importance to deepen the understanding
among pet owners of those who do not own pets, and that entails proper training
in order to create an environment in which everyone can live in harmony
in the presence of pets.
The term "companion animal" is the literal
expression of the concept of animals as the partners of humans. Living together
as companions means deepening one's understanding of that relationship.
We have produced this textbook for anyone who is interested in doing so
in order to maintain a pet-friendly collective housing environment that
is both comfortable for those without pets and enjoyable for pet owners.