The Happy Dog – A Friend for all ages
Millions of people who own dogs know the benefits of having a happy dog as part of the family. Dogs have been domesticated for a very long time and whether they are working dogs, or the family pet who snoozes by the fire on snowy days, they are welcome additions to the family.
Many people have grown up with dogs and know the special bond that can take place between owner and pet. However, if you are searching for that special canine to fill that gap in your life, it is important to do some research before jumping into such an arrangement. If you have never owned a dog or even if you grew up with a dog, you want to make sure you have the lifestyle and space to support the animal as this is a long term commitment that many people may not fully appreciate.
A dog can be very different than a cat or hamster, as they thrive on attention and will certainly return the friendship many times over. Unlike a cat, a dog needs outdoor space to run, play and exercise. This alone should deter most people who want a large dog, but only live in a small condo or apartment. The situation can become unbearable for both of you if the space you live in does not accommodate a large animal.
If you are constantly away from home for work or play, having a dog is not recommended. They need to be emotional attached to their owner and will clearly rebel if they are not part of your life. Dogs will begin to act out as young children to get your attention. Sometimes these acts manifest themselves into negative behavior such as urination, property destruction or constant barking or howling. This situation usually continues until the owner has become too stressed to deal with it and gives the dog away. This could result in the unfortunate could have the animal drops it off in the local animal shelter.
Clearly, the reason that most people want to own a dog is for companionship. If you are unable to fulfill your part of the commitment, you both would be better off if you waited until your residence and/or lifestyle situation was able to support the relationship.
In summary, it is not hard to have a happy dog if you are ready to make the leap into dog ownership. However, it is important that this not be an impulsive decision, but a well thought out assessment of your personal situation is necessary. This will help ensure you are ready and able to live up to the needs of the animal you want to live with you and your family. Dogs are great pets, but if issues between the owner and pet occur, the animal is usually the one that loses with the result being placed in a shelter.