Mthabisi Tshuma, showbiz journalist
Dogs are simply fabulous, yes or no?
We already know a lot about dogs, and likewise, there’s still a lot more that we don’t seem to know right now.
Worldwide, there are said to be 360 officially recognized dog breeds and these do not include experimental breeds that have yet to gain official status.
The official lists also don’t include mixed-breed dogs, for example, not even “designer” crosses like the Goldendoodle (a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle) or the Puggle (a mix of Beagle and Poodle). pug).
Some of the most popular dogs include the French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, English Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, and Rottweiler.
The ultimate question was, is it ideal to keep a dog or not?
For some, dogs are seen as mere pets, for some as a guardian of health, for some as a security element and for some as a nuisance.
For pet lovers, dogs can be one of the cutest things to have in your business because they always adore their owner.
A dog is also said to be associated with many health benefits, such as increased opportunities to exercise, go outside, and even socialize.
Regularly walking or playing with dogs can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.
For some, dogs even go the extra mile to help deal with loneliness and depression by giving people companionship.
Having a dog around is also considered a safety feature.
As each man has his own tastes, some do not like the presence of dogs and shiver whenever they are near them.
This can include reasons why dogs are social, pack animals, and they look to people for leadership and approval, which means they need a lot of attention.
Dogs need regular petting and play.
If this is not done, a dog will be unhappy and may even engage in destructive behavior, such as chewing on your furniture and belongings.
To get some insight into the importance of dogs, Saturday Leisure caught up with prominent dog trainer from Bulawayo, O’Brien Chishanu aka Dogfather Gaffa.
Gaffa who runs a security company, Safe Bark Security currently owns nine Belgian Malinois and eight German Shepherds.
The Belgian Malinois (also known as the Belgian Shepherd Dog or Belgian Shepherd Dog) is a medium-sized breed of Belgian Sheepdog.
As a demanding dog who needs an experienced owner, he is known for law enforcement; detection of drugs, bombs and gases; seek and rescue; followed; obedience; sled; agility; and therapeutic assistance to disabled, sick or elderly people.
A German Shepherd also known as an Alsatian, is a medium to large sized German breed.
It is a modern breed, developed by Max von Stephanitz from various traditional German Shepherd dogs in 1899.
German Shepherds are famous for their intelligent, loyal, and hardworking nature.
They are often used as guides, therapy, search and rescue, police, military, and narcotics and explosives detection dogs.
Although they may seem aloof to strangers, they are known to be wonderful family dogs.
Gaffa said dogs play various roles in societies and require special attention to keep them.
“Some people keep dogs as pets because they make great family companions, while others keep dogs for security because dogs are very alert and protective.
I can say that dogs are easy to keep and to achieve that you need to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, they are dewormed every two to three months, they are free of ticks and fleas, ‘they have a balanced diet and they should have clean drinking water all the time.
“Exercise is also very important and you can do that by walking them every day if you can.
The motto for keeping a dog healthy and fit should be associated with the phrase “if you can’t love a dog like a family member, then don’t get one,” Gaffa said.
He said a dog can also be used as a weapon.
“A dog can be used as a weapon and these kinds of dogs, we call them personal protection dogs.
They can be trained to react when you are in danger and these dogs will die for their owner.
Gaffa said her love for dogs started at a tender age.
“I have always loved dogs since I was young and.
I started with mixed breeds (mutts).
When I got my first Belgian female in 2015, called Océane, a number of people in my community started asking about puppies and I decided to get a male and started breeding,” Gaffa said.
He said he was then to train at the South African Dog Training College (SADTC) and graduated in 2019.
“Among the dogs we keep we have a Tarzan, a Belgian Malinois specially trained for personal protection, agility, drug detection and currently working on gold detection.
Gaffa, who recently registered his security company which has 17 dogs, said the company would start operating in May with armed guards, advanced dogs, personal protection, VIP protection, private detectives and surveillance technology. for sites and homes.
“As a company, we will also be offering dog and guard training,” he said.
As the business grows, he said they will support government initiatives as they consider setting up an anti-poaching and personal protection unit for people with disabilities.
“Our company will sell and rent dogs and also offer dog handling and guard training for businesses.
We plan to start a drug detection program to support the president’s anti-drug campaign where we plan to conduct drug detection programs in schools as the country faces a drug pandemic among teenagers.
When it comes to unfortunate cases associated with dog behavior, Gaffa said dog owners should always be careful with their dogs.
It comes after an incident last month where a man from Selborne Park in Bulawayo died after being attacked by his dogs.
The dogs mistook him for an intruder and attacked him after he jumped over his door, having forgotten his keys at work.
“I have noticed that some people, especially those who are well off, buy dogs just because they can afford them, especially Boerboels who are considered rich men’s dogs.
So people will buy dogs, but never have a relationship with them.
They expect the gardener to feed them, play with them, walk them and the boss does not interact with them. – @mthabisi_mthire