Benefits of Owning a Dog
A house doesn’t feel home-like without love, just a mere shell without substance. That is why a home with a loving family dwells in comfort, happiness, and all the world’s positivity. When you add a dog into the picture, that’s a life-changing decision, a wise choice to be exact. But how so?
Either you are a bachelor living by yourself or a couple planning to start your own family, dogs can suit you. Either you are a 4-year-old oblivious of the world.
They have an overflowing river of qualities that make them irresistible to all.
A thousand reasons enumerate how these fur babies prove to be an absolute sine qua non. The young and the old can fall in love with dogs in an instant.
It’s a concrete manifestation of the so-called ‘love at first sight.’ Here are some of the reasons why you need a dog and its benefits:
A dog is a reservoir of laughter.
As the age-old saying goes, ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’ Dogs keep your mood light and lucid, enabling you to last through a bad day without feeling bad at all.
If you have a dog nearby, you’d always feel jolly, active, and worry-free. Dogs are generally happy beings who can effortlessly spread optimism around them without even trying. Au Naturale!
A dog is a faithful comrade.
Just like a soldier who never leaves his war friends behind, your dog stands beside you through the test of time.
Dogs wouldn’t be christened as ‘man’s best friend’ if they were otherwise, proving canines to be buddies for life with mankind.
Dogs treat owners as their kind, just like a family member, a pack member. They never abandon their family, risking their own lives for their masters’ sake.
A dog is a social influencer.
Walking out with a dog next to you makes you more attractive. As you walk along the streets with a leash of a furball in hand strutting alongside you, that would make you a head-turner in a jiff.
People, especially dog moms or dog lovers, perceive dogs as a ray of sunshine. You’d find yourself greeting “Hi,” to everyone you come across with since dogs’ concept of socialization agrees with ours.
They like to approach other dogs or just about any human they meet and befriend them (if they’re used to socializing). That’s how you’d end up being friends with the whole neighborhood!
A dog is a stress-alleviator.
During bad days, you may feel like you’re at the bottom of the universe carrying all the planets on your back. As you get home from work, a long day behind, you see your dog wagging its tail to welcome you back.
That cheerful bark of greeting outweighs all frustrations of the day, dramatically shifting your mood outright.
A dog is a life-saver.
It is not new to us that dogs are admittedly heroes in invisible capes. Numerous heroic dog stories have been documented since the earliest years of civilization.
In the Philippines, a dog named Kabang jumped in time, preventing two girls from getting run over by a speeding motorcycle.
It’s a heart-melting tale of self-sacrifice for the sake of human pals. Since dogs are impressively loyal, they are protective of their owners at the same time.
If you want a personal bodyguard, keep one or two close by.
In fact, we have incredible stories of heroic dogs you might want to read: 7 Incredible Stories Of Heroic Dogs
Are you convinced yet? Well, there’s more info to consider. If you’re weighing in options, you may also question whether it would be better to purchase a dog or adopt one? It has long been a debate: to buy vs. to adopt. Before the final decision, let’s scrutinize both sides of the argument first.
Purchasing a Dog or Puppy
A reliable breeder is key. If you can find a good breeder and find the right dog for you through him/her, the chances you’re on the right track are high. But what qualifies a good breeder?
Good breeders wear a glittering crown. It means that they are well identified by local trainers, groomers, and vets. A reputable breeder has a golden reputation.
Thus, it’s best to seek advice from the people who get in touch with these crowned breeders.
A friendly tip, don’t purchase a dog online in just a few clicks, such as on eBay. It takes a lengthier process to buy from a breeder than quickly placing an order after check out.
No breeder in his sober mind ships puppies to pet stores to live in cages. If you opt to buy a dog/puppy of a particular breed, don’t get yourself ripped off. Purchase wisely.
Rescuing/Adopting a Dog or Puppy
Adoption is relatively cheaper and less of a hassle. If you’re on a budget, getting a rescue dog has perks you won’t regret. We’ve all heard the notion, ‘Adopt don’t shop,’ haven’t we?
There are thousands of dogs around the globe just waiting for dog parents to adopt them.
However, there’s a slight risk because you may not know the rescue dogs’ behavior and health conditions when you get them. Some adoption shelters allow you to return a puppy if things don’t work out.
It doesn’t mean that you really have to do that, but the point is, if the shelter assures you of this guarantee, then they’ll make an effort to present you with a dog that suits you best.
There are also breed rescue options you can explore. You may get lucky and meet your favorite dog breed (or close to it) there.
With that said, you can save thousands of dollars on a dog, plus you can retrieve those dogs who need saving.
Resolution: Many people prefer adoption over purchase. Some prefer to buy purebreds and acquire their favorite breed. But in truth, this is a very personal decision.
If you want to read more tips on adopting a dog, you might want to read this: Adopting A Dog Tips and Dog Adoption: What Do You Need To Consider?
Selecting a Dog Breed
Before you jump to conclusions, ask yourself a series of questions first. These questions are sourced from the American Kennel Club assessment:
- Do you have any experience with dogs?
- What’s your home like?
- Do you prefer apartment dogs or farm dogs?
- Do you have children under age 10?
- To what extent can you tolerate barking noise?
- To what extent can you tolerate shedding?
- What’s your level of activity?
Owning a dog is a delightful experience. It gives you a sense of purpose, of camaraderie, of unconditional love. Before you march to a pet shop to get your furry friend, ensure that you can commit to taking care of them.
Evaluate your schedule. Once you’re a hundred percent sure, you’ll know you won’t regret it.
I hadn’t been fond of dogs when I was younger because of a traumatic dog bite I experienced in 3rd Grade. Through the years, my fear has subsided. Now, as I write about dogs, I begin to love them! I’m tempted to get one!