There’s nothing quite like coming home after a stressful day at work to be greeted enthusiastically by your canine friend who wants to cuddle you. Dogs, or any pet for that matter, are great companions and are known to reduce stress. During the outbreak, many people gave in to their need for an animal friend and dog ownership skyrocketed.
If you’re considering adding a new canine member to your family, there are a few things to keep in mind. We all know that taking care of a dog is not that easy and if you can’t afford it, it’s not advisable to have one. Be sure to keep the following in mind before making a decision.
Dogs need companionship: Walking and playing with your dog or participating in other activities for at least two hours a day is essential. Additionally, dogs are prone to separation anxiety if left alone for too long and need company for most of the day. If he needs to be alone for a while at home, you will have to educate him gradually. Note that some dogs can be trained more easily than others.
Long-term commitment: Having a dog is a long-term commitment. The life expectancy of a dog is around 10 to 15 years on average and during this period it is your responsibility. Having a dog may require you to change your lifestyle and you need to be prepared for it. If you go out a lot, you can either bring your dog or hire a dog sitter in your absence. Plus, dogs are money burners, regardless of breed. Caring for a dog takes money and you have to be prepared to spend it.
Personality: People generally opt for physically attractive or cute dogs, but pet owners report feeling better with their pet when their behavior matches their own personality characteristics. Dog owners, for example, were happiest when they thought their pets had the same level of warmth as theirs.
Socialization and training needs: It is essential that puppies or rescue dogs are trained to socialize so that they do not end up being frightened, intimidated or challenged by other people or animals. Introduce them to more people or other animals as pets when they are young so they normalize to strangers. Also, puppies need to be toilet educated and learn to be obedient so that one day they can walk off-leash.
Breed choice: This is a crucial consideration. Some breeds require three to four hours of daily activity, so they’re unlikely to be suitable if you prefer lazy days in front of the TV or have limited time due to work or family obligations. If you live in an area with a lot of animals – or house cats – you will need to keep your hunting dogs under strict control. These inherited traits in dogs cannot be erased, so it is important to do your research on the many different breeds and choose a dog that will suit your lifestyle.
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