What’s More Important Than a Dog’s Love?
You’ve probably heard the campaigns around the holiday season stating ‘a dog is not just a present for Christmas, a dog is a gift for life’.
And there is no truer a statement than this when it comes to dog ownership.
You can’t allow a dog to live in your home and then kick it out as soon as you’re done with it.
But this statement should be extended further than the holiday season.
This is a message that should resonate with prospective dog owners the world over, the whole year round.
If you won’t be able to commit to a dog then do not uproot its life by bringing it into your home and then banishing it from it.
To make sure you are able to commit to a dog before you actually commit to it, you have to do some research.
You have to do some research on the breed of dog that you wish to bring into your life and home.
You also need to research what sort of things they demand from their owners each and every day.
First of all, you should take heed of the needs of the size of the breed of dog you are interested in.
Large dogs, because of their sheer size, are more prone to having problems with their bones and joints as they grow.
To combat this, dogs of large stature, such as Great Danes and Mastiffs, should be fed holistic, all-natural dog food.
And as their owner you would need to ensure that you would be able to feed them at regular intervals.
If you know you won’t be able to provide them with the correct food or the frequent attention they require, then you shouldn’t invite them into your life in the first place.
You shouldn’t do this because, one, it will be unfair on the dog if it isn’t receiving what it needs from you.
And two, it will be unfair on the dog if, after some time of owning it, you realize you can’t handle the burden and then send it back to the pound.
But dog ownership is not just about not going into the venture blind.
It’s also about being prepared and able to make changes and even sacrifices when it comes to your own life.
For instance, if you are a smoker then you will have to be prepared to smoke away from your dog.
Whether this means smoking in a place you don’t usually smoke in.
Or whether it means stopping smoking altogether.
You must do it.
There are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke for dogs, which is why you should never subject the dog you bring into your life to it.
Again, this is because it will be an unfair living condition for the dog and because it may lead to you returning it.
Before you bring a dog into your life and home, you need to know that that particular dog will be right for you.
It’s not fair to allow a dog to think it has found a home, especially if it has come from a dog pound, to then kick it out of this home.
It’s not fair to uproot a dog from its former life only to then force it to uproot again in the near future.
And it’s definitely not fair to bring a dog into your home if you can’t provide it the quality of life that it deserves.