Owning A Dog - The Demands Involved
Owning a dog is a great experience but you must be aware of the “ups- and- downs” that come with it. Like any other good thing in life owning a dog places some demands on you.
Owning a dog is not just about having a dog but it’s about being there for the dog. A dog introduced into a new environment needs certain things to be well conditioned to that environment. It’s the responsibility of the dog owner to make the conditioning as smooth as possible.
Once you become a dog owner your life kind of changes. You will have to start thinking not just about your needs but your dogs needs.
Some of the demands are:
Choosing A Dog
If you are considering owning a dog, you must also consider the selection process. Choose a dog that is right for you. Who you’ll love to walk and feed and take care of, not just one that looks cool.
Being Aware of Your Dog’s Basic Needs
Like every other being, your dog has basic needs. You must be aware of these needs and be there for the dog. Your dog needs to be well fed. Don’t just take anything off the shelf and feed the dog with it, find out the kind of food that is best for the kind of dog you own. You also need to toilet train your dog so that you will have less clean up to do.
Walking the dog regularly is also important. Never leave the dog alone for long periods of time, this may create destructive behaviour in the dog.
You will have to take time out of your busy schedule to train your dog to do your bidding and behave itself. Doing this pretty early will reduce your headaches later on.
Owning a dog will place some medical demands of you as your dog will need regular medical check ups, so the earlier you choose a vet for your dog the better. Make sure the vet is one who has experience dealing with the kind of dog you have, you don’t want to go through all the trouble of taking care of your dog only to place it into the wrong hands.
All the above will result in financial demands, and they all must be put into consideration for you to actually enjoy owning a dog.