The expression that ‘a dog is man’s best friend’ holds true in so many ways. Dogs are a hugely popular pet for millions of families and individuals. They give back far more in terms of love, affection and entertainment than the small cost they create. They are brilliant companions and have so many other benefits. If you want to know about dogs, there is a whole world waiting to be explored.
First there’s the choice of your pooch. Whether it is a mature dog or a puppy, you need to be sure the choice of canine is suitable for your situation. A huge dog in a tiny space is not fair on the dog. There is no shortage of advice on the breed of dog you can and should have and often a chat to your local vet is as good a starting place as any.
Training a dog can be hugely important. There are classes in most large towns and cities. Dogs love to learn tricks and behave in a way which pleases their master or mistress. Remember as the human owner of your dog, you are seen by the four-legged wonder as the leader of the dog’s pack. Your dog wants to please you as its leader. A trained dog handler can help you train your dog the right way and thus it becomes a win-win situation for both you and your puppy.
Another major benefit of taking your dog to a training school is the social benefit the pooch will gain. There are all sorts of dogs at most classes and mixing and learning to share with other dogs is a very important step in the life of your pup.
Exercise and appearance
Walking and grooming are also essential activities for any dog. Safety is always a priority and no dog should be allowed off lead until it is trained to stay with you and is safe from roads and any other dangers. Remember too that being a responsible dog owner is mandatory. Cleaning up after your dog and keeping it on lead in areas where that is required are part and parcel of having a dog.
Grooming is vital particularly with a long-haired dog. Imagine if you had long hair and seldom washed or combed it. Your hair would become matted; your scalp itchy and uncomfortable and your health could well suffer. Well your dog is not able to brush its coat or take a proper bath so that’s where your responsibility kicks in. Daily grooming need only take a few minutes and gives your dog a healthy coat. Most dogs grow to enjoy the attention grooming brings.
And finally no topic about dogs would be complete without mention of their diet. Like humans, a poor diet has health consequences. An overweight dog will be more likely to have arthritis and other health issues as they get older. And remember that raw meaty bones do wonders for the health of your dog’s teeth. Constantly feeding them mush does nothing for their dental health.
There is much to learn about dogs and having a dog means there is much to gain as well.